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VIEx organizers have stretched their expectations this year and hope the new ribfest will help bring in 30,000 people.
VIEx organizers have stretched their expectations this year and hope the new ribfest will help bring in 30,000 people. Vancouver Island Exhibition/Facebook

VIEX trying something new for 123rd year

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
August 17, 2017 - 3:12pm Updated: August 18, 2017 - 12:26am

NANAIMO — There will be stickier fingers and fuller stomachs at this year's Vancouver Island Exhibition fair.

Operations manager Stephen Kass told NanaimoNewsNOW 2017 will be a banner year for the VIEx since they're introducing a ribfest to run all weekend.

Artwork for Mr. Flubbers' Undead Legions, a comedy about zombies and their fish moving into a new apartment.
Artwork for Mr. Flubbers' Undead Legions, a comedy about zombies and their fish moving into a new apartment. Nanaimo Fringe Festival

Weird and wonderful Fringe Festival plays hitting Nanaimo stages

By Spencer Sterritt
August 9, 2017 - 1:28pm

NANAIMO — Theatre fare of a different sort will dominate downtown Nanaimo in coming days.

The seventh annual Fringe Festival kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 10, with 10 plays spread out over 56 showings until Aug. 19.

Leonardo Ugolini celebrates after winning 1st place in the individual category of the 2017 Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition
Leonardo Ugolini celebrates after winning 1st place in the individual category of the 2017 Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

Kings of the castle: winner crowned as sand sculptures fill Parksville park

By Ian Holmes
July 16, 2017 - 9:51pm Updated: July 17, 2017 - 10:21am

PARKSVILLE — A first-time winner from Italy stole the show at the 35th annual Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition in Parksville.

Leonardo Ugolini took home the top prize Sunday night in the individual category with his piece titled "Spirits of Canada."

2016 solo division champion Wilfred Stijger of the Netherlands with his masterpiece "up"
2016 solo division champion Wilfred Stijger of the Netherlands with his masterpiece "up" Parksville Beach Festival

Top sand sculptors on the planet converge on Parksville

By Ian Holmes
July 14, 2017 - 3:35pm Updated: July 15, 2017 - 7:29am

PARKSVILLE —  Some of the world's top sculptors are in Parksville for Canada's premier sand sculpting competition.

The 35th annual Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition kicked off the Parksville Beach Festival on Friday afternoon at the Community Park.

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