Rain showers on Friday morning caused some delays during the opening day at this year's Vancouver Island Exhibition, but clearer skies and warm temperatures in the afternnon brought people out by the hundreds.
The weather forecast is for intermittent showers over the weekend but organizers still hope to achieve the goal of having approximately 20,000 people visit the VIEX over the three-day event at Beban Park.
Don Boyd, VIEX president and main stage director, said the possibility of rain is a concern but he's confident that people will come out and "enjoy the show" no matter what the weather has in store.
"The exhibition is a community event that has been well attended over the years and we're confident we'll see the same crowds that we have had in previous years," Boyd said while busily working behind the main stage Friday afternoon. "We'll have good music and many other attractions for everyone to enjoy so we know the VIEX will be a success once again this year."
Logger sports, bands, children's entertainment and a wolf-dog show are some of the attractions at this year's exhibition.
This year's headline act is the acclaimed band The Trews, which will play on the main stage this evening, with other shows over the weekend by upand-coming Victoria roots rockers Current Swell and the new trio The Lion, The Bear and The Fox.
Boyd said the introduction of logger sports at the exhibition this year should also be a big draw and organizers hope to make it an annual event.
"We've been pretty successful in getting volunteers for the exhibition but we could still use more, even at this late date," he said. "It should be fun weekend for everyone."
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