Located at 1014 Ford Road, the Coombs Fairgrounds covers over seven acres of land. In addition to AAA-sponsored events like the annual Coombs Fair, the fairgrounds are used year-round, and our facilities are available for rent for private functions, commercial events and community groups. Our most frequently used facilities are our full-sized Riding Ring, the new 6000 square-foot Activity Building, and the 2000 square-foot Arrowsmith Hall, which is equipped with a full commercial kitchen. Newly built in 2013, our beautiful log-construction Centennial Stage is now also available for rent. For current rates and availability, please contact the Fair Office at (250) 248-4458.
The Arrowsmith Agricultural Association extends its sincere appreciation to its sponsors for their past and on-going support.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.
DemXX Deconstruction Ltd.
Havelock Storage Ltd.
Haylock Bros. Paving Ltd.
Hilliers Gourmet Foods
Highway 4 Auto
Mid-Island Consumer Services Co-operative
Pickard Construction Ltd.
Sea Edge Motel
Windsor Building Supplies Ltd
The Arrowsmith Agricultural Association (AAA) is a registered charity and non-profit society with roots back to 1913, when district farmers held the first Coombs Fall Fair to showcase local food crops and livestock. The society conducts the annual Coombs Fair and manages the fairgrounds.
Our Association serves the Oceanside area (School District 69) of central Vancouver Island, including the communities of Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Coombs, Errington, Hilliers, Whiskey Creek, Meadowood, French Creek, Qualicum Bay, Bowser, Horne Lake, Deep Bay, and Nanoose Bay. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors who bring a wide variety of valuable skills to each new project.
Through careful management, the Association has added to its holdings, and it owns the fair grounds and buildings. We even lease, for a nominal fee, a portion of our land with a building to the Coombs Volunteer Fire Department. Throughout the year, our facilities are available for use by community groups, private individuals and private corporations. We are an organization with an extremely good track record and solid community support.
The Purpose of our Arrowsmith Agricultural Association is to:
a) to foster community spirit;
b) to promote cultivation of the soil and general development of agricultural resources;
c) to facilitate, directly or through other associations, the education and personal development of people of all ages in agricultural and farming activities;
d) to conduct an agricultural fair and exhibition.
We welcome you to join us and become part of the team that is shaping the future of our organization, our property and our role in our community.
Our Board meets at 7:30 pm at the fair grounds office on the third Tuesday of the month from January through October. Volunteers are always welcome.