First Island Agriculture Show draws 1,500
The first Islands Agriculture Show was a huge success, according to the CVRD's economic development department.
"It was absolutely fabulous and exceeded all out expectations," said business development officer Kathy Lachman.
"It was great for our first show."
The gate clocked 828 visitors entering the trade show. That number doesn't include the approximately 400 school students who visited.
Of the 55 exhibitors, at least 12 said they did more business in the first morning than they had at the whole three days of the Pacific Agricultural Show, Lachman said.
Only six of the 146 people registered for workshops in Mellor and Scout halls didn't show, but their spots were quickly occupied by drop-ins, she said.
"All the workshops were full and well-received. They all received good comments from the participants," Lachman said.
"Though we could have used bigger rooms," she laughed.
The most popular workshops were on berry farming, evaluating hay for horses and the potential effects of climate change on agriculture, she explained.
She said that there was overwhelming support for another show from both workshop participants and trade show exhibitors.