The PNE still has what it takes 100 years later
Last week I had the chance to visit the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) with my family and we had a wonderful time. I try to go each year, but it hasn't always worked out that I've been able to fit it into my crazy schedule. As this was the 100th anniversary celebration, I made an extra effort get out there this year and I wasn't disappointed with my experience.
For starters, I can't explain why all those crazy crowds, line-ups and little donuts tug at my heart strings. Perhaps it brings me (and likely most other fair goers) back to a simpler time when going to the PNE was the big event of the year. Growing up in the Winnipeg area, I always looked forward to a similar event called the Red River Exhibition. After the sun went down and the lights on the ride shone brightly, it was the coolest place to be on earth. At least if felt that way anyhow.
From the moment I walked in through the PNE gates, I knew I was going to have a good time. That was due in part to the fact my son is now old enough to begin appreciating more than the sweet taste of candy floss. He's now starting to realize it can be fun to get really scared. It was actually his suggestion that we visit he haunted house (extra $5 fee to attend this venue).
With the notable exception of the one I visited at Universal Studios, I think the PNE's haunted house has to be one of the scariest venues around. The mixture of live actors and moving props is truly ghostly. I also had a lot of fun just hanging around the exit door and watching people's reactions as they bolted from the house of horrors.
As in previous years, I really enjoyed the ever-popular Peking Acrobat performance and tweeted about it on Saturday. This year's performance was vastly different from the one I saw a while back. I must say it had improved dramatically. In fact, at one point I had to turn my head away as one of the young acrobats stood atop a 40 foot tower of chairs she assembled right before my eyes. It was a great performance that had all of us on the edge of our seats.
The PNE prize home was also quite nice and would be a heck of a bargain if I won it for the price of my $25 ticket. Fingers crossed! This has got to be my year, I just know it.
If you get a chance, take a moment to visit the GlobalTV tent and the live nightly broadcasts at the CTV booth. Who knows, you might just end up in the background of the 6 o'clock newscast with Bill Good and Pamela Martin. Or you may just bump into Mark Madryga or a myriad of other GlobalTV personalities on site such as Chris Gailus or Deb Hope.
The weather is supposed to hold out for most of the weekend and the Fair will be wrapping up by Labour Day. Therefore, if you haven't had a chance to make it out there yet, mark your calendar and enjoy what our ancestors have celebrated now for a century! It's definitely worth the trip.
- Post by Daniel