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New Cow Ex site getting busier all the time
Things are hopping at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds and Mellor Hall.
“It’s a very busy place,’’ said Cowichan Exhibition executive director Shari Paterson.
Bookings have continually been on the rise since the site opened in 2010 for the Cowichan Exhibition, with a wide variety of events taking place there.
Horse, antique and trade shows are typical, but it’s the little extras like wheelchair rugby and roller derby that are truly making it a multi-use facility.
“We have bridge tournaments, we have weddings, we have funerals,’’ said Paterson. “That’s just to mention a few.’’
She added there are lots of weddings being booked — “six or seven in the barns this year so far. People love them because they’re such nice barns.’’
People hosting events that don’t take all day — perhaps just a few hours — are looking at the Exhibition site as a prime choice.
“I would say the hall’s probably in use five out of seven days a week,’’ said Paterson. “The meeting room is actually busy four out of five days of the week for different events.’’
She’s looking at utilizing the Ys Poland guide hall in a more expanded role for such things as dance or exercise classes that don’t require a lot of equipment.
“I don’t want people to get the idea there’s no room left for them,’’ Paterson added.
In fact, she keeps encountering people on a regular basis who didn’t even know about it.
“I think it’s still an undiscovered jewel,’’ Paterson said.
“It’s so versatile. It’s really exciting and it’s so beautiful.’’
Of course, the Cowichan Exhibition “which is our flagship production of the year,’’ Paterson said, is coming up.
Huge crowds pass through the gates for the three days, but nothing will ever top the 15,000+ for the four days of the SunFest concert that’s becoming huge in country music circles.