What a year? 2020 has been full of changes. We want to see those fun, and cute faces. You decide. Take a picture of you with your animal, dress up with your pet, dress your pet up only or just a pet photo- You decide! The more pets and costumes the better! Be creative, have fun, and share the cuteness.

Best dressed cow person, best costumes and best dress pets get those awesome rainbow ribbons, and prizes!

Upload your pictures to facebook, or twitter and use hashtag  #viex2020parade till August 20th. Tune in August 22, 2020 during Virtual Fair hours to find out who the winners are. You can also enter in the form below and add the #viex2020parade to your caption title.

Cant wait to see all the awesomeness!!!


Our Home Arts division is running it’s most popular classes for you VIRTUALLY! Check out all our different contests and be sure to enter some of your creations! Be sure to submit your work by 6:00pm on August 19, with NO ENTRY FEES!!! See the details below!


Home Arts Contest Details and Entry Form


****Other Section now added!!! Enter any craft or canning fun not listed.



The VIEx is announcing its first-ever virtual Battle of the Bands!! All bands must submit 1-3 songs by July 31st with completed entry information for your chance to win a spot on next year’s VIEx Main Stage 2021 and more prizes to be announced! Bands can enter as either cover songs or originals, one winner will be announced for each category. This battle is open to both solo artists and groups, so be sure to show your best songs! Please read the rules and regulations carefully before entry.

For more information or for any questions please refer to the registration form, rules and regulation or contact Michelle Solloway, Director of Main Stage, at msolloway@viex.ca .


Registration Form

Rules and Regulations



Have you been looking for something fun to grow this summer? We are excited to announce the return of our famous Sunflower Growing contest!

We have pick up stations for a starter kit on growing your own sunflowers for the contest at the following locations;

Trading Post- 3345 Island Highway Cassidy, BC (across from the airport)

Buckerfields- 1-1277 Island Highway Nanaimo, BC V9R 7A4

Shar-Kare – 4770 Wellington rd Nanaimo, BC V9T 2H3

Shar-Kare – 731 1st ave Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A4

Shar-Kare – 1200 Franklin’s Gull rd Parksville, BC V9P 1R2

VIEx Office #4 2300 Bowen Road Nanaimo, BC


To our Vancouver Island Exhibition Community,

It is with the goal of supporting the health and safety of our community and all those involved in the Vancouver Island Exhibition and the current Covid-19 situation, that the VIEX executive and Board of Directors have spent countless hours discussing how to move forward in these unprecedented times.

In this time of social distancing and the banning of mass gatherings, it is clear that the 2020 VIEX is unable to proceed in the way we normally would and staying with this year’s theme of “Building our Future” it is with excitement we invite you all to attend this years “Vancouver Island Virtual Fair and Exhibition.”

It is the mission of the VIEX to:

-Present an annual agricultural exhibition and related events that encourages awareness and improvement of cultivation and creation of agriculture, livestock, horticulture, floriculture, home arts and hobbies, in our community.

-To educate the public and to encourage young people, especially 4-H clubs, to understand and appreciate the value and importance of agriculture in their communities and their everyday lives.

-To provide facilities for and promotion of entertainment and amusement of citizens of all ages.

-To help the entire community grow by including, promoting and improving the knowledge of various community groups, industrial, commercial, mechanical and household arts.

The Viex is a grassroots event and has been for 126 years that brings the community together and celebrates the history, the culture and unity for the benefit and overall wellness of the community. The VIEX celebrates community resiliency, innovation, creativity and fun during these extremely challenging times and the Board wants to ensure everyone in our community is safe and stays well.

Join us online, from the comfort of your own homes as we bring you as many elements of the VIEX as possible! This includes, but is not limited to:

-Live Virtual Concerts


-Home Arts Competitions

-Live Interviews and Feature Videos from our Exhibitors and Vendors

-Fun and Interactive Games for All Ages!

-PRIZE GIVEAWAYS! and so much more.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc… and check out our website for some updates very soon! Use the Hashtag #VIEX2020 and tell us what you would like to see or share your favorite memories from past fairs! We look forward to hanging out with you, online, this summer!

We will prevail and will work through these challenging times and come out stronger to once again to gather at the fair in 2021.

Hello fellow VIEX and Nanaimo community members.


It is with care and concern for all our families, friends, supporters, sponsors, vendors, volunteers and communities, that we feel the need to address the issues regarding the COVID-19 virus. Our directors, members and vendors are concerned citizens like you. Many of us work within the community in humanitarian or service sectors and wish to show our support and reassure our community that we are all hoping for better days ahead. Here at the VIEX our Association is taking these concerns seriously.


The City of Nanaimo and our provincial government has asked us all to be mindful of social distancing and emergency responses. In the last few days, measures have been discussed for the short and long term solutions available at the VIEX as they have been throughout the province and Canada.


The City of Nanaimo has announced and posted:  “As of March 16, 2020, the Provincial Health Officer issued a new order to cancel all gatherings of 50 or more people until further notice”


During this difficult time health and safety of our guests and staff is our primary concern. Over the many years VIEX has and will continue to work diligently with authorities to protect the safety of our patrons and will continue to do so.

In the spirt of optimism, the VIEX will continue to plan for the August 21st to 23rd, 2020 weekend, however until further notice standard annual fundraising events will not be held, and meetings will follow the gathering and social distancing measures announced by our city. We are hopeful families will be able to again enjoy public events such as ours in the coming months, but we will continue to monitor the public situation. We have faced challenges in the past and know that together we can provide a safe and celebratory environment for August 2020 providing government officials have deemed the event safe and lifted restrictions. Should restrictions continue to stand, we as a board, will advise our patrons and vendors closer to our event dates.


Our board wishes health and safety to you all, and ask that you abide by our governments recommendations. Please treat each other with care and concern in the coming weeks.


Sincerely VIEX Executive and Directors

Introducing your Executive and Directors for 2020.

President- Karen Streeter
Vice President- Margaret Joyce
Treasure- Stephen Kass
Secretary- Melissa Rivard

Big welcome to new directors John Bruce and Elissa Miranda.

Last but not least all our returning directors, Debbie Cosman, Lynn Haley-Turner, Jim Brown, Luke Hayward, Glen Kirkpatrick, Tia Sande-Rickerby, and Contessa Abbott.

Are you ready to rock!?

Canadian rock band Moist will be storming the main stage at the 125th VIEx on Friday, August 23rd.

Moist Celebrate ‘Silver’ Anniversary’

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough debut album, Silver, Moist singer David Usher, guitarist Mark Makoway, and keyboardist Kevin Young will reunite with bassist Jeff Pearce to tour together as a unit for the first time since 2013.

In addition to summer festival appearances, Moist will also perform Silver in its entirety (as well as favourites from their 25-plus year career) at select venues across Canada.

In recognition of this milestone anniversary Moist and Universal Music Canada will release a double vinyl LP and CD 25th anniversary package, which will include a re-mastered version of Silver, rare tracks and photos from the band’s early days, as well as personal reflections on Moist’s time in the studio and on tour from the band members themselves.

This deluxe re-release in Fall 2019 will coincide with Moist’s other 90s-era records, Creature and Mercedes Five and Dime, being re-mastered and made available as vinyl pressings for the first time.