British Columbia’s most beloved and well-attended traditions came to a close Monday evening as the 2019 PNE Fair wrapped up after 15 days of creating great family fun and memories for the more than 730,000 guests who attended from August 17th to September 2nd.
As always, this year’s Fair included something for everyone with great additions of ambient entertainment. New and returning programming included the superconscious experience of Reveen, medieval-style jousting from the Knights of Valour, an expanded agriculture program, the Snap Happy interactive selfie-experience and the Revel District featuring family-friendly entertainment and fun such as For the Love of Drag show and mechanical bull riding for all ages. Favourites such as the President’s Choice SuperDogs, Dinosaur Stomp, Marketplace, and Festival Park with a captivating end of night finale, Electric Fire, ensured there was variety for all guests. Summer Night Concerts was a huge hit with the likes of Billy Idol, Blue Rodeo, STYX, UB40, Collective Soul and the Gin Blossoms. Delicious food included everything from deep fried chicken skins to dill pickle pizza and the Fair celebrated 90th anniversary of Jimmy’s Lunch, all complemented by the PNE’s custom NeFairious beer collaboration brewed by Parallel 49.
“The 2019 PNE Fair was a tremendous success thanks to our partners, venders, performers, PNE staff and the hundreds of thousands of guests who make this Canadian tradition so special,” said PNE President and CEO Shelley Frost. “We are very proud of the success of this Fair. Attendance was strong, the weather cooperated resulting in a strong momentum of energy and excitement that could be felt by all our guests. We received very positive feedback for both our new and returning features.”
Frost says work on the 2020 PNE Fair will begin immediately and will continue its legacy of supporting communities and creating memories.