Organizers of this year's Vancouver Island Exhibition, which was held at Beban Park over the weekend, think they met the goal of having approximately 20,000 people visit the popular fair, despite the occasional rain shower.
Don Boyd, VIEX president and main stage director, said the exact number of people attending the fair will be known later this week, but the consensus is that the VIEX was a success this year.
He said the rain on Friday did impact attendance for the day and there were fears that rain early on Saturday would cause the cancellation of postponement of the Vocal Challenge on the main stage, but the weather cleared up just in time.
Boyd said preparations for next year's VIEX will begin almost immediately and a meeting of the organizers is expected to held in about a week to begin the work.
He said next year's VIEX will be its 120th anniversary and he would like to see "something special planned."
"We're extremely happy with the way everything went this year and I'd like to express a huge thank you to VIEX's executive, directors, volunteers and sponsors who all helped make it a success," Boyd said Monday.
"I hope everyone will still be on board to make next year's VIEX a success as well."
Boyd said that if the board chooses to have him remain as president for next year's fair, he would work towards having more events, booths and other attractions.
"There was nothing wrong with what we already have, but I'd like to see more spaces filled and have more things for people to see," he said.
"One thing I'd like to see is the beer garden closer to the main stage so that its patrons can see the show. I expect we'll have to meet with city officials and the police to see if that's possible."
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