Aug 14

Beloved PNE Fair legend passes away at 88

It is with incredible sadness that the Pacific National Exhibition acknowledges the passing of one of our longest standing concessionaires and iconic members of our Fair family, Bill Konyk, known across the Canadian fair industry as Hunky Bill.

Bill passed away peacefully last night, surrounded by his family.

Hunky Bill was a beloved member of the extended PNE family for 52 years, beginning, as the legend has it, when the then Vancouver based radio executive bet a friend $10 that he could get a booth at the PNE to sell his homemade Ukrainian style perogy’s. The story goes that Bill showed up at the PNE administration office and spent an hour and a half convincing the then head of the PNE booth sales department to give him a chance. Konyk got his booth, won his $10 and began a 52-year journey during which time Hunky Bill has become one of the most iconic pitchmen and restaurateurs in Canadian history.

Hunky Bill’s has always been a family operated business spanning three generations. Bill’s loving wife Kay and three sons Bill Jr., Clayton, and Mark will continue on the tradition of serving the best Ukrainian food in the city.

Hunky Bill will be incredibly missed by his many friends and family across Canada, including all those in his PNE Fair family.

Jun 26

PNE Announces New President and CEO

The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) today announced the appointment of Shelley Frost as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Frost, a long-time member of the organization’s senior executive team, is currently serving as the PNE’s Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

“Shelley is an integral member of our leadership team and has been involved in all aspects of the organization’s business for well over a decade,” says Councillor Raymond Louie, Chair of the PNE’s Board of Directors. “The Board is delighted that Shelley has accepted the position of President and CEO, effective July 9th, 2018. She is an experienced leader with outstanding relationships across the PNE’s many business, community and stakeholder groups. Shelley is well-positioned to ensure the that momentum the PNE currently enjoys continues into the future.”

Ms. Frost joined the PNE team in January 2004 as the Vice President of Marketing, overseeing the company’s branding, advertising, promotions, retail partnerships, ticketing systems, media plans, market research and corporate partnerships. She has since assumed oversight of the Sales department, which is responsible for business development related to concerts, sporting events, trade and consumer shows, festivals and cultural events within PNE venues and outdoor spaces year round. Ms. Frost’s previous experience includes working as a senior executive for a publicly traded technology company, as well as providing business consulting and freelance expertise to technology companies and arts/culture groups in Canada, the US and Europe. Ms. Frost completed undergraduate degrees in both Psychology and Business (Marketing) from the University of Alberta and holds an MBA in International Business from Simon Fraser University.

“I joined the PNE because I wanted to be part of an organization that contributes in so many ways to the people of our city and province,” says Ms. Frost. “I’ve loved sharing the PNE team’s genuine commitment and passion for all that we do. The organization is strong and the opportunity that lies ahead for the PNE is enormous. I’m thrilled and deeply honored to have the ability to lead this organization into its next exciting chapter.”

Aug 18

Canada 150 Fair Foods 2017

Fair Gate Admission JUST $1.50

By wearing Red or a Maple leaf you can get Fair Gate Admission for just $1.50 on both Aug 19 and 20 from 11am to 1pm!

Opening Day 1.50 Gate Admission

We want to keep the Canada 150 party going with our selection of Canada 150 Fair Foods coming to the Fair at the PNE THIS WEEKEND!  Don’t miss out on some of the tastiest Fair Foods and treats coming to Vancouver this year!

Chicky’s Chicken – Canadian Bacon Pickle Balls

Canadian Bacon Pickle Dog

Bacon is wrapped around a hot dog and pickle, cut in half, battered and then deep dried. Each is served on a stick.

Corndog King – Maple Bacon Corndog

Maple Bacon Corn Dog

The Maple Bacon Corndog is a Real Canadian twist on a fair classic. Starting with the original Corndog King batter, infused maple chunks of premium center cut bacon to give it a sweet, salty and smoky crunch. This corndog includes a side of 100% real Canadian Maple Syrup for your dunking pleasure!

Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ – Maple Bacon Cornbread

Maple Bacon Cornbread

This honey-scented cornbread is baked on site with the flavor of sweet Quebec maple syrup infused throughout the batter. Mix in real Alberta bacon for a smoky, porky, salty accent to this delicious bread.

Funnel Cakes – Funnel Cake Poutine

Funnel Cake Poutine

Signature Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake with a Canadian twist, you can’t go wrong with cheese and gravy.

Maple Bacon Ice Cream
Maple Bacon Ice Cream
Rocky Point Ice Cream’s creamy Canadian maple syrup base with locally sourced bacon that’s candied in brown sugar, chopped, and sprinkled throughout.

Looking for some ways to save when coming to the Fair at the PNE? Check out our Ways To Save page on our website!

Be sure to come check out all the great foods coming to the Fair at the PNE this year! Purchase your Fair Gate Admission online and SAVE! Don’t forget to share all your Fair adventures on social media and tag us for a chance to be featured!