Sunday 26 August 2018

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), Toronto, ON

The CNE is on now until after Labour Day.

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.

The Cat Show was at the CNE this weekend.  I volunteer with the Annex Cat Rescue, who had a table there and I was on the afternoon shift.

I went down early to walk around and check things out.  There is something for everyone ... rides (I'm a big wimp and don't do rides), midway, games of chance, food, shopping (I bought a kitty teeshirt), music and more!  It wasn't all that crowded when I got there about 11:30am.

There are always hot tubs for sale!
There is an Indigenous display
I usually buy a teeshirt from this shop ...
today I got one that says "Be the person your cat thinks you are"
I checked out the Canadian Armed Forces display
Sand sculpting
CNE Gaming Garage
CNE Gaming Garage
CNE Gaming Garage
Annex Cat Rescue table with lots of things to sell to raise $$ ...
I was there from 1:30pm to 5:30pm ... it was fun to spend the afternoon
talking to "cat people"

It was a lot more crowded when I was walking around about 5:30pm.

I was hungry so had supper at the Northern Comfort Saloon
Old Ugly Cowboy was playing ... they were good!
I had mac 'n cheese, cornbread and a pulled pork sandwich
Great to win but now they have to carry it around!

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