It’s a good day to be a blacksmith in Metchosin

Annual festival combines traditional activities with modern illustrations of all things Metchosi

With blacksmiths hammering the anvil, sheep being shorn and a live reenactment of a day-in-the-life of Metchosin 2,000 years ago, you know it’s Metchosin Day.

The annual festivities at Metchosin Day celebrate everything Metchosin and more, Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Metchosin municipal grounds.

Starting at 8 a.m. with a 5 km run/walk to raise donations for the Senior’s Information and Resource Centre, the event goes until 7 p.m., packed with activities, displays and vendors.

“It’s kind of an old-fashioned fair,” says Mary Gidney, who’s organizing the event. “You could spend the whole day there. It costs nothing to get in. There’s a giant field to park in and parking is free.”

The most expensive activities are the hay rides and turns on the digger, at 25 and 50 cents apiece, she says.

For those interested in astronomy, models of the solar system and an ecliptic calendar will be set up across the field, sharing the space with Project Germani, a reenactment of the first century BC to the first century AD showing off food, crafts, armour and clothing of the era.

The pet show at 11 a.m. draws a huge crowd every year. “I’ve seen everything from a rat to a donkey to a rooster,” says Gidney. “It’s an incredible menagerie of animals, and everyone is welcome.”

Two stages showcase the entertainment this year, with the acoustic stage offering a low-key atmosphere to enjoy the photography competition.

And at 5 p.m., dinner is served.

“For $20, you get roasted lamb, barbecued salmon, corn on the cob, watermelon, coleslaw and mint jelly,” says Gidney, and for an extra $3, a slice of pie or cake from the baked goodie contest.

More than 100 vendors will be set up on the village green, from wool spinning, pottery and jewelry to farm fresh produce, herbs and honey.

The event, and surrounding parking, are free. Volunteers are still needed. For more information or to register as a volunteer, call Mary Gidney at 250-474-6145 or email info@metchosinday.ca.

acowan@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Number of SD62 kindergarten registrations about same as last year

Approximately 850 kindergarten registrations for 2019/2020 school year

28 years later: Dunahee disappearance remains largest investigation in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

City of Langford mails out information on sewer connection requirement

Plan lays out obligations, exemptions and financial assistance information for the costly hookup

Update: BC Transit driver taken to hospital with serious injuries after assault

Driver attempted to stop an altercation between two people on the bus

Protective human chain forms around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Vancouver Island motorists attempted CPR on victim in fatal Highway 4 crash

Collision took place west of Whiskey Creek; man in his 70s died

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Motorcyclist dies after three-vehicle crash on old Island Highway

Accident happened at 12:15 p.m. Friday near Country Club Centre in Nanaimo

B.C. fire department offers tips to keep your home safe during wildfire season

With wildfire season getting closer, the Penticton Fire Dept. offer tips to keep your home safe

Most Read