Islands Agriculture Show posts attendance bumper crop
The weekend’s Islands Agriculture Show show saw numbers grow in visitors, industry delegates, and exhibitors, organizers say.
Geoff Millar of the hosting Economic Development Cowichan reported the Friday and Saturday ag show, fielded at Cowichan Exhibition grounds, drew 1,500 paid visitors, including some 600 kids from various valley classrooms.
Registered farm-industry delegates to educational sessions, hopped to 190 from 140 last year.
And exhibitors staging booths, displaying everything from fertilizers to solar hot-water heating, rose to 68 — up by 13 from 2012, Millar said of the show that was taxpayer-cost neutral.
“It’s all paid by revenue generated by sponsors, the gate, and exhibitors,” he said.