Opening day at the PNE!

Well, it’s the Second to the last Saturday of the Summer and we all know what that means! The Fair at the PNE! Ever since my parents and I moved into Vancouver 25 years ago, we’ve been going to “the Fair” almost every year – a tradition that I hope to continue with my own family.

A word to those who are are new to the fair…. DO NOT get off the Hastings Street exit off the Trans Canada highway, particularly on the weekends. Go through the tunnel and take the McGill St exit. You’ll save about 30 minutes of frustration duking it out with the other SUVs and minivans. If you go through McGill, you can usually sneak through the back and get good parking… easy peasy.

This year we saw Hi5 – an event that my son was particularly looking forward to. It was a lot of fun – just like being in the TV show, right down to the opening and closing music. Interesting that two of the original characters were replaced… looks like Shaun and Carla have gone on to other things this year. Didn’t matter, the kids enjoyed it anyway. Apparently, the first show was a world premiere, complete with new songs and new dances. They had some heavy duty recording equipment on hand filming all the children at the front. While we lined up, there was a small group of five kids who were let in backstage by the choreographer. Apparently, they will be using this show for one of the episodes! It was well worth the wait. Get your hubby to line up while you and your kids spend some time with the farm animals. Expect a long line up. Go early.

The food was especially good this year… Hunky Bills perogies, Whale Tails (Beaver Tails to you easterners), Burgers, Rootbeer, more burgers, those little doughnuts. But this year there were considerably more selections: Greek, Vietnamese, RIBS, BBQ Chicken, Mexican, Funnel Cakes… enough to induce a coronary on your heart… and on your wallet. Yum!

Eukanuba Superdogs is now IAMS Superdogs. With the free admission day, this was the first time I’ve ever seen the Pacific Coliseum packed for the superdog shows. It’s too bad the other guy retired… he would have loved to see this. Anyway, the new guy is pretty good… I guess he’ll take some getting used to. The other guy had been doing the show for over 20 years!

A lot more rides, but I suggest that you get an all day ride pass from your work or from somewhere outside the fair. It’s so much cheaper. Furthermore, the ticket lines were at least an hour and a half long. We didn’t even bother doing any of the rides. Hopefully I can convince Evie to go back next week! ;)

Do you have any favorite memories of the PNE? Looking forward to your comments.


3 Comments so far

  1. Rebecca (unregistered) on August 20th, 2006 @ 9:03 am

    I think I covered all my faves/memories in my metblogs post [mbv] earlier this week :p

    My sister said my niece and nephew are looking forward to Hi5 – they saw them last year and still sing the songs and dance around. We’re going to try and get out there this week, although a big trip with the family is tough to coordinate (with the PNE only lasting just over a week) so hopefully we don’t miss out.

  2. Bee (unregistered) on August 20th, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

    I believe a biggest part of what I enjoy about the PNE is the memories and being able to go back each year see what has changed and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds all over again. I wrote a post, PNE Memories with just a few of the many memories I have had going to the PNE.

  3. Trish (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 6:50 am

    Glad you had a great time this year at the PNE! Are you going to return before it ends? Hi-5 will be playing the whole time (except the 28th I think)I am soooo jealous you got to see the new cast before I did!! Did you take any pictures?

    Trish from Memphis

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