Fall fair fea­tures best pot cat­e­gory

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

One of Canada’s old­est fall fairs is putting a new twist on its an­nual show­case of lo­cal live­stock, pro­duce and fruit by adding a new cat­e­gory for best home-grown marijuana.

The Cowichan Ex­hi­bi­tion in Dun­can, which dates back to 1868, has cre­ated a best cannabis cat­e­gory to embrace le­gal­iza­tion and cel­e­brate lo­cal pot grow­ers, said ex­hi­bi­tion vice-pres­i­dent Bud James.

The fair starts to­day and the cannabis en­tries will be on dis­play in the main hall at the Cowichan Ex­hi­bi­tion Grounds along with the re­gion’s top veg­eta­bles, fruits and baked goods. First prize is $5, se­cond is $3 and third place gets a rib­bon.

“We just de­cided this year, be­cause it’s an agri­cul­tural prod­uct, and it’s been grown in the val­ley for years, and now that it’s fi­nally legally grown, we would al­low peo­ple to win a rib­bon for the best,” said James.

He said fair of­fi­cials be­lieve the Cowichan cannabis cat­e­gory is the first of its kind in Canada.

An of­fi­cial at the Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Fairs and Ex­hi­bi­tions, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sent­ing ru­ral and ur­ban fairs, said she had not heard of any other cannabis judging con­tests prior to the Cowichan Ex­hi­bi­tion, but couldn’t con­firm it was the first.

A fall fair in Grand Forks is also judging lo­cal cannabis, but the event starts Satur­day, one day af­ter Cowichan’s fair.

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