Grounds Entertainment

On our Grounds at
The Vancouver Island Exhibition

Each year the VIEx showcases local talent on our grounds.  This year the VIEx will be presenting the President's Choice SuperDogs.   

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The President's Choice® SuperDogs™ are jumping for joy and thrilled to be at the Vancouver Island Exhibition FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER with their brand new celebration of fun, Happy Together! Catch all the skills, surprises and silliness and fall in love with these furry friends!

 

For more than four decades the SuperDogs have entertained millions live and on television with their original, family-friendly productions. More recently their innovative virtual shows and digital shorts have reached a global audience, generating millions of views.

 

Come and cheer them on in their new show, Happy Together, August 28 & 29 at the Vancouver Island Exhibition!

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West  Coast Amusements!

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The VIEx is pleased to welcome back West Coast Amusements and their fabulous rides and midway this year!

Based in British Columbia, West Coast Amusements is the largest Canadian midway operation in Western Canada, and one of the few that remains family operated. West Coast Amusements has 125 rides, employs 500 staff at peak season, and has four traveling units. From April to September, these four units coordinate to set up and operate more than 100 fairs and rodeos across Canada and into the Southern U.S. West Coast Amusements also contracts services and equipment for large gigs such as Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition and the Calgary Stampede.

And it is all run from the Hauser family line and started 83 years ago with Bingo.

To learn more check out their website: https://westcoastamusements.com/

 
 
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Funkanometry is a hip hop and popping duo from Vancouver Island, Canada and we met up through dance battles, competitions, and classes. We both have similar styles, goofy personalities and we LOVE to entertain so we cooked up Funkanometry.Putting that FUNKI energy out there and getting it back from our audiences is the best feeling ever and we can’t believe that it has led us to opportunities such as World of Dance. Can’t wait to see what happens next. Let’s GOOOO!!!

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MIVTEC - The Tractors are BACK!

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The VIEx is excited to announce that the Mid Island Vintage Tractor and Equipment Club (MIVTEC) will be back this year with their display and parades, daily!

The Mid Island Vintage Tractor and Equipment Club (MIVTEC) is based in Nanaimo, British Columbia and currently has 40 members. We are a group of enthusiasts who fix-up classic farming and work equipment to a newly restored glory.

You can check out their website here:

https://mivtec.weebly.com/

 
 
 
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McDonald's Family Fun Zone 

The Vancouver Island Exhibition is pleased to present activity highlights, along with annual favorites.

 

Activities & Fun Competitions

Every year the Family Fun Zone hosts a number of competitions.

Children’s Parade and Pet Show: Dress your best! Cowboys, cowgirls, pets in costumes, Batman, or anything you like.

Meet at Gate 4 by 11:00 am Saturday on the fair grounds dressed to win!

 

Farmer For a Day: Every year VIEx has some of your favorite agricultural activities. Straw maze, milking cow, gardening, and apple picking. Come be a Farmer For a Day and get your ribbons while having fun being a farmer.

For more information please contact Contessa at cabbott@viex.ca.

Youth Committee

 

In 2017 VIEx Family Fun Zone Director started a Youth Committee to help bring a fresh and young voice to the fair. That year the youth brought innovate ideas for activities in the Family Fun Zone and created a Youth area in the Zone. Now both children and youth can enjoy the space. That year they had 5 youth who volunteered their time throughout the year to bring activities like Karaoke, Twister, Virtual reality and Live Action Role Playing to the fair. During the fair the youth also conducted market research with others that had attended. Based on the findings of their survey they have been planning for future years. In January of 2018 the Youth Committee have had 6 new youth join the committee and created a Youth Dance and DJ area. Can’t wait to see what 2021 and the future for the Youth Committee will be.

Donations, volunteer time, and idea’s are all welcomed. All those over 19 years of age must have a criminal record check done in-house.  Set up crew and clean-up crew for the Kids/Youth Zone is also needed. Please contact Family Fun Zone Director Contessa at cabbott@viex.ca to volunteer or donate.

Boys and Girls Clubs Of Central Vancouver Island, Proud sponsor of
the VIEx Safe Kids Program!

In the Family Fun Zone visit the Boys and Girls booth to receive your Safe Kids bands and info.

Great Tips to Be Prepared

Take a family photo on your cellphone before you leave for the fair. Make sure it clearly shows your children and what they are wearing. This will provide officials with much better information than a verbal description.

What to do if Your Child Goes Missing at VIEx?

  • First, stay calm so you can think. Kids don’t usually stray too far.

  • Do a quick search of the immediate area at child’s eye height. Notice anything that may have caught your child’s attention.

  • Call out your child’s name as you scan and search.

  • Keep the rest of your group together.

  • Do not wander off yourself. If everyone goes in different directions, everyone gets lost.

  • Inform the nearest VIEx employee or volunteer.  All VIEx Employees and volunteers are instructed on what to do in cases of separated children.

 

When you get there, show your children these things:

  • Designate a meeting point. Pick a spot easily visible from everywhere in the park to be your family’s meeting place.

  • Safe Kids Booth will be in the Family Fun Zone. Tell your children to keep the bands on and to tell VIEx staff if they are lost.

  • Important people. Point out to your child who to go to if they get separated: fair staff, police, security, etc.

 

Young Kids (7 years old and under)

  • Register your name and obtain a sticker from the BGCCVI tent (located on map). Written on it should be your child’s first and last name, your name, and your mobile number.

  • Dress them in bright colors. .

  • Hold your child’s hand.

  • Place very small children in strollers and tie an identifying ribbon on the stroller. Many strollers look alike.

 

Older Kids (8 years and up)

  • If your child has a phone, program it with all the contact numbers they will need.

  • Use a buddy system. Have them go in pairs to anywhere they might be starting to go independently– to the bathroom, on rides, etc.

  • Have a plan and designated meeting place.

  • Teach them about stranger danger. Be cautious with grown-ups asking for help, never approach a strange car, yell loudly if a stranger tries to get them to go somewhere, etc.

The BGCCVI and Family Fun Zone also provides Change Table and Nursing Area (see VIEx map for location)

 

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