150-year-old Canadian exhibition welcomes cannabis in growing competition

150-year-old Canadian exhibition welcomes cannabis in growing competition

The Cowichan Exhibition is a legendary fall fair event in Canada — it’s been around for over 150 years (since 1868), and just like state fairs in the US, every year growers and farmers get together in Duncan, British Columbia to show off the best livestock, produce, and fruit they were able to grow throughout the year. And this year, they’re welcoming one more crop to the list of categories, offering a prize for the best cannabis plants grown by farmers in the area.

Before you get too excited, this isn’t exactly the Cannabis Cup — the cannabis plants will be kept behind glass (so no taste test or nug smelling, unfortunately), and the competition will actually be pretty boring. “Our interpretation of the rules,” says one of the fair’s executives about showing off cannabis legally to a family-friendly fair, “are you can’t make it attractive to people under 19 years, and we are not making it attractive,” he said. You heard the man: No attractive plants! Plus, in case you’re in Canada and hoping to win big with your home grow, you should know that the prizes are more for bragging rights than anything else: $5 for first, $3 for second, and third place will get a nice, shiny ribbon you can hang over your mantle.

Still, it’s cool to see an institution like the Cowichan Exhibition embracing legal cannabis in Canada, and this is definitely an opportunity for growers to show what they can do. And this might start a movement: Apparently another fair in Canada is also showing competitive cannabis growing around the same time as well. The time may soon come when right alongside all of the sheep and cows and squash and pumpkins at the state fair, you can find some Blue Dream or Jack Herer stems as well.

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