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.

We are thrilled to announce Country Music’s rising star, Meghan Patrick, as our Headliner on Saturday, August 24, 2019!

Meghan Patrick is one of the most exciting country artists today.  In addition to her two-year reign as the CCMA Female Artist of the Year, Meghan has been nominated for 8 CCMA awards including Album of the Year nominations for both of her studio albums.  She recently received Juno Award nominations for Country Album of the Year and Breakthrough Artist.  Meghan also recently made history by becoming the first solo female artist to take home the Fans’ Choice Award at the Country Music of Ontario Awards. With her debut album, Grace and Grit generating four Top 20 singles and a Top 10 hit with Still Loving You, Meghan Patrick released her sophomore album Country Music Made Me Do It in 2018 to great fanfare.  The first single from the album, also titled “Country Music Made Me Do It” reached the Top 5, while the most recent single “Wall Come Down” rocketed to the #1 spot on the country radio charts and “The Bad Guy” was a Top 15 hit.  In concert, she’s shared the stage with superstars like Lady Antebellum, Dwight Yoakam, Kip Moore and Martina McBride, as well as performing a duet with Keith Urban at the Timmins Stars & Thunder Festival.

For the latest on Meghan Patrick, go to or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

125 Years!

The VIEx is commemorating 125 years of fairs in Nanaimo. It is with gratitude we thank our creator of this years logo and present it all to you. We cant wait till this year with all the new changes, talent, team and of course welcoming your favorite areas.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 is the first scheduled meeting for our general membership since the Annual General Meeting. It will be held in the Little Red Barn beginning at 7:00pm. Come join us to hear what the Directors have been working on for our 125th annual event and share your ideas and comments.

Welcome back West Coast Amusements.

VIEx is pleased to announce exciting changes for our 125th anniversary. This year our dates will be the fourth weekend of August 23, 24, & 25th of 2019, and we welcome back West Coast Amusements. Following is a statement from West Coast Amusements about their plans with VIEx.

West Coast Amusements is excited to be back at the VIEx for our 125th anniversary. West Coast Amusements will provide a first class midway to all our guests! Robbie (and wife Tarah) Hauser are third generation of the Hauser family (West Coast Amusements) providing family fun to events across Western Canada!

Keep an eye out for the debut of their brand new Frenzy ride, a spectacular GIANT swinging pendulum ride allowing riders the thrilling experience defying gravity with G force motion! The Frenzy rides 12 passengers with an exciting, uplifting experience where every seat hits the sweet spot! The Frenzy swings riders to a height of 60 feet with an incredible 3 G’s of acceleration as they swing 220 degree’s from side to side. Riders sit back to back, 6 across and experience both an upswing and a downward plummet of the ride with each thrilling arc of motion!

And for those not quite as daring, come down and ride the new Gondola wheel. A modern take on the ferris wheel with gondola bucket seating! Don’t forget your camera, the view from the top is impressive!

In addition to the Frenzy and the Gondola wheel, you’ll find your classic favorites! See ya’ll at the fair August 23,24,25 2019!

“We are thrilled to be back with the VIEx. We’re looking forward to our partnership with Nanaimo and bringing fun to all our fair-goers. See you in August!”

Thank you to all who attended our Annual General Meeting held on January 8, 2019.

Your new Directorship for 2019 is:

President- Lynn Haley
Vice-President- Karen Streeter
Treasurer- Stephen Kass 
Secretary- Margaret Joyce

Supported by:

Contessa Abbott
Don Boyd
Jim Brown
Deb Cosman
Luke Hayward
Sherri McEwen
Tia Sandnes-Rickerby
Shirley Welcher

and our Office Administrator Melissa Rivard

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