Friday 28 August 2015

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), Toronto, ON

Gord and I took today off and headed over to the CNE this afternoon.

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), also known as The Ex, is an annual event that takes place at Exhibition Place in Toronto, during the 18 days leading up to and including Labour Day Monday. With approximately 1.3 million visitors each year, the CNE is Canada’s largest annual fair and the seventh largest in North America. The first Canadian National Exhibition took place in 1879, largely to promote agriculture and technology in Canada. Agriculturists, engineers, and scientists exhibited their discoveries and inventions at the CNE to showcase the work and talent of the nation. As Canada has grown as a nation, the CNE has also changed over time, reflecting the growth in diversity and innovation, though agriculture and technology remain a large part of the CNE today.

Admission is $18 and there is something for everyone ... rides, midway, games of chance, food, shopping, music and more!

There was a craft beer fest and food trucks ...
beer samples were $2.50 for 4 ounces, a bit more than other festivals

We don't do the rides but we did go on the Sky Ride, which takes you from one end of the Ex to the other.

Away we go!
Gord and I on the Sky Ride

In the Better Living Centre, it was more agricultural with animals, sand sculptures, butter sculptures, etc.


We headed to the Northern Comfort Saloon and spent a couple hours watching some country singers.  Ty Baynton was really good.

Line dancing!

Cory Marquardt was good too.  We wandered off during his first break.

We headed over to the Bandshell where Foghat was playing.  They were AWESOME!

The Ex was still going strong after we left the Bandshell.

$18 gets you a turkey drumstick
Me and Gord
Look at the line-up for Tiny Tim Donuts!


Teresa said...

Love the CNE, glad to see it still going strong.

Isabel said...

Looks like fun and mmmm look at those turkey legs!