Apr 21

Monster Jam – Triple Threat Series at the Pacific Coliseum!

This past weekend at the Pacific Coliseum we had the pleasure of hosting the Monster Jam – Triple Threat Series! We had 8 Monster Truck drivers competing in 3 different events for the Triple Threat title. The Monster Trucks that tore up the Pacific Coliseum were: Monster Mutt Dalmatian, Grave Digger, N.E.A, Mohawk Warrior, Scooby-Doo, Max-D, El Toro Loco and Zombie!

In preparation for Monster Jam we had over 100 dump truck loads of soil loaded into the Pacific Coliseum. A total of 1200 cubic meters of soil, weighing a massive 1800 tons was needed to cover and protect the Coliseum floor. 1 Excavator, 1 Bull-dozer, 1 Front end loader and 2 bobcats were used to move the soil and build the jumps for this amazing event! Check out the time-lapse video below of the soil being loaded into the Coliseum!

 

Prior to the 1:00pm show on Saturday, guests were invited to come see the trucks and meet the drivers during the Pit Pass Party! We had over 2500 people attend the Pit Pass Party which made it one of the largest arena Pit Pass Party events! Take a look at the Pit Pass Party time-lapse video below!

 

 

Feb 2

Momiji Gardens Annual Pruning

In 1993 Momiji Gardens was opened to the public on the south east side of the Garden Auditorium along East Hastings Street. The gardens were built as a monument to the 8,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry that were confined to the livestock barns on these grounds during the Second World War. The Vancouver Japanese Gardener’s Association graciously donated their time and effort to design and build the gardens and continue to prune the pines annually using specialized traditional techniques.

Vancouver Japanese Gardener's Association

This year Kaz Takahara and his 6 man crew from the Vancouver Japanese Gardener’s Association spent the day selectively pruning the pines using only hand tools. These techniques are used to prevent over pruning and to make sure the pines have the best opportunity to flourish in their location. Watch the time lapse video below of the team as they prune these beautiful pines.

 

Pruning Working away on the Pines in Momiji Gardens Frozen pond during the annual pine pruning Finished Product

Sep 9

The Fair at the PNE 2016 comes to an end!

 

We want to send out a HUGE Thank You to each and every one of you that came out to the 2016 Fair at the PNE! This year saw a 5% increase in attendance from 2015 with 712,367 people coming through the gates and experiencing the fun that is The Fair! For 106 years the Fair at the PNE has been an end of summer tradition for British Columbia, and the 2016 event lived up to its iconic legacy, offering over $3 million in free with admission programming

Fair Crowd

“This year’s Fair received a very positive guest response to a number of our entertainment shows and attractions, including the Unbelievable Magic Show, the Angry Birds exhibit and our Summer Night Concert Series,” says PNE President and CEO Mike McDaniel.

Foreigner- Summer Night Concerts

In addition to these new shows and attractions, guest had the chance to see some of the traditional favorites such as SuperDogs, the PNE Prize Home and Dueling Pianos. Not to mention the amazing lineup of Summer Night Concerts artists, highlighted by performances by Foreigner and the Steve Miller Band.

Steve Miller Band- Summer Night concerts

This year’s food line up saw many of the traditional fair foods such as Corn Dogs (90,000 sold), Cotton Candy (33,500 sold) and the fan favorite Mini Donuts! Did you know, 25,000 pounds of dough was used to make mini donuts at “Those Little Donuts” stands at The Fair!? The new food additions to The Fair this year did not disappoint! Some of the stand outs were: Teryaki Chicken Perogies, The Big Pickle Dog (A hotdog inside a pickle, deep fried in corndog batter), The Mac N Cheese stuffed Burger and the Deep Fried Tequila (tequila flavored donuts).

International Perogies

Big Pickle Dog

Teryaki Chicken Perogie

Stuffed Mac and Cheese Burger

Jumbo Prizing

Our midway games saw more than 500,000 stuffed animals won over the 15 days of The Fair with 6000 being Jumbo prizes!

All of the fun that was had at The Fair this year could not have been without the dedicated staff and of course our guests! You guys have made this year so much fun and we look forward to having you back next year!

Planning is now fully underway for next year’s event, which will run from August 19th to September 4th 2017!