The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), also known as The Ex, is an annual event that takes place at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, during the 18 days leading up to and including Canadian Labour Day Monday. With approximately 1.5 million visitors each year, the CNE is Canada’s largest annual fair and the fifth 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. To many people in the Greater Toronto Area and the surrounding communities, the CNE is an annual family tradition.
The following description of the Canadian National Exhibition I lifted from Wikipedia this morning.
This year for the third year I visited the CNE with my Canadian pal, Pat F.
I LOVE carnivals! I attended my first carnival in my hometown of Downingtown, Pennsylvania when I was about nine years old. Oh sure, I know carnivals are corny and not high brow, but I have always loved them. Must be my white trash background. You'll never see me at a Shakespeare Festival but you will see me at carnivals like the CNE!
|Shakespeare - too highbrow for this half a hillbilly white trash blogger|
The above video is one I strung together from several short videos that I recorded from my iPhone during our visit a few weeks ago. Be forewarned, this is the first of several videos that I will post to this blog.
I hope you enjoy the experience as much as Pat and I did!
|Me and Pat waiting in line at CNE|
To be continued: