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.
Cooking may not be your forte, but there’s something about seeing others work their magic on their signature dishes…
This year on the Safeway Cooking Stage at the PNE Fair, we have the privilege of bringing in chefs from Oceanwise, House of Q and other family chefs to demonstrate for Fair-goers some of their popular recipes. Join us every day at 1:30, 3:30 and 6:30pm on the north side of the Agrodome to learn what food can do!
Here’s a sneak peek of some of Chef Poyan Danesh’s tips on making the perfect Risotto dish:
Enjoy the numerous shows that happen at the PNE Fair daily! Here are some of the highlights at three of the stages this year!
If you’re happy and you know it, join Blue the Bear and his dancing squad at BCAA ToonCity! Throughout the day, Blue invites V.I.L.Ps (Very Important Little People) to come sing and dance with him and his friends in this interactive multimedia dance party!
Kid’s are invited to wear their favourite superhero costume to the Fair and report for duty at Super Action Academy! Once evening rolls around, you can unwind from your long day at the Fair by taking a seat on the hill and enjoying a Family Flick! See the full list of movies playing this year here.
Coca-Cola Stage at Festival Park
Every year, the PNE Fair invites local performers and party bands to showcase their talents on stage. From a cultural mosaic of dynamic performers to the new nightly finale of fire with pyro, this stage is never short of entertainment. So go grab a snack, sit back and enjoy the shows!
Be sure to stop by the glass blowing demonstration tent to learn about this intricate art and all the hardwork that goes behind creating vases, drinking glasses and more! Learn more here, or download the PNE Fair App for full schedule details.
Tim Hortons Stage at Revel District
End your night at the Revel District with incredible carnival and Fair vibes. On the Tim Hortons Stage, Mama Lou’s feel good message will leave you feeling invincible. With a dry but affable, wry but off-beat sense of comedy, witness Mike Wood’s slick, interactive stunt comedy show that has taken him all over the world. And for those who have never been to a drag show before, “For the Love of Drag” is the perfect chance to see what you’ve been missing. Here’s a sneak peek of the show: