Charlotte Galbraith

The sights, sounds and smells of Metchosin

Nearly 50 years of community food and fun last Sunday

The 47th annual Metchosin Day festivities drew thousands from all over the Greater Victoria area on Sunday, as people enjoyed the all-day entertainment, relaxed on the hay rides and indulged in an abundance of delectable goodies.

The sweet smell of dried hay and cut grass filled the air, mingling with mouth-watering barbecue scents, bringing people in droves to the hot dog and hamburger stands.

Many of the vendors offered up irresistible baked goods, including handmade breads and even some beer-battered donuts.

The pet show was a smashing success, with entrants taking away blue ribbons for Best Rural Pet, Best Costume, Most Unusual Pet and many more. Metchosin 4H club members were out in full force showing off their ducks, chickens and roosters.

The Metchosin volunteer fire department’s kid-sized obstacle course had its fair share of photo moments, as toddlers donned miniature firefighter jackets and helmets and ran through, saving toy babies and spraying the big hose (with help).

And down at the riding ring, the Metchosin Equestrian Society riders showed off their talents, along with displays from the Manestream Vaulters, Rocky Mountain horses, Trish Hyatt western dressage, Arabian horses and endurance riders.

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