Island fare at Coombs fair

It's fun in the sun in Coombs this weekend at the Coomb's Fair, Aug. 13-14.

Parksville-based Gerry Barnum will play from his latest CD at the Coombs fair.

Enjoy a special music lineup this year at the annual Coombs Fair, taking place Aug. 13–14.

This year’s fair features Island musician Gerry Barnum.

Every year the music stage starts with the Old Time Fiddlers, also Oceanside-based musicians. Sit for a while and enjoy some good toe-tapping tunes from days gone by. Then kick up your heels as the ever-popular Rainbow Stew Cloggers take centre stage.

Other musical acts include the Blackwood Two, Bent and Kathleen Hansen, and Blaine Dunaway with Len Hill, this year’s music coordinator, joining in from the sound board.

“New ways to grow your food” is a special display this year; come learn about Earth Boxes, composting, vermiponics,  aquaponics and more.

Come early to enjoy a pancake breakfast. Check out special events like the children’s pet parade, ladies’ nail driving competition, the chicken and cuck rave and the many events in the horse ring.

Coombs Fair is the first of the 4-H cycle on Vancouver Island, meaning the first chance for young exhibitors to participate in such an event. Wander through the animal, horticultural, arts and crafts or domestic science displays and check out the many food booths.

Kids can enjoy a variety of activities, including DoLittle Square and the popular Coombs Fair passport game.

Entry to the fair is by two-day pass, paid daily gate admission,  4-H member/leader wristband, or association membership card.

Cost is $5 per day for adults or $8 for a two-day pass; $3 per day for students 13–18 years and seniors 65 and older, or $5 for a two-day pass; and $1 per day for children six to 12 years. There is no admission charge for children five years old and under.

Free parking and shuttle bus service is available from the Coombs Rodeo Grounds, just west of downtown Coombs on Highway 4A.

For more information, please go online to www.coombsfair.com.

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