Feb 12

Looking Back at Fairs Passed

Through funding from the British Columbia History Digitization Program, the City of Vancouver Archives has been able to digitized thousands of our historic Fair images that the public can now easily view and share. This is a program that we’ve worked closely on over the past year, and are excited to be able to now share it publicly.

Take a look back through fairs passed to see how The Best Part of Summer has evolved and changed with the times!

A few of our favourite photos…

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This lion water fountain is still used today during The Fair. It’s a little piece of history that children, parents, grandparents and even great grandparents can share.

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The SuperDogs have been a Fair-favourite show for over 35 years.

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Some things never change. Even back in 1964, there were lineups to tour the PNE Prize Home.

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Many of you will remember the Sky Glider chair lift that soared above The Fair grounds. This photo is from 1971.

Ernie’s Soft Serve Ice Cream is a classic Fair treat, and one enjoyed by many guests during their annual visit. Ernie, and this same stand, have been at over 65 Fairs! Try his hot fudge Sunday this summer, it’s like nothing you’ll get elsewhere in town!

 

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If you can remember back to the fairs from the 50’s and 60’s you’ll remember the annual competition for Miss PNE! Here’s Miss PNE 1959 with The Fair clown.

Jan 8

Ever wonder how we spend our ‘down time’?

It’s already busy behind the scenes here at Playland as we’re setting up for an epic 2015 season. We’ve been tirelessly working over the past few months on a lot changes for the park, with a lot of work still ahead, as opening day on May 16 quickly approaches. Here’s a glimpse into a few of  the larger projects currently underway.

After over 30 years in the same location, Music Express will be moving to a different spot within Playland and will have an unexpected old friend as a neighbour!

After over 30 years in the same location, Music Express will be moving to a different spot within Playland and will have an unexpected old friend as a neighbour!

We weren’t ready to part with the party, so we’ve played a game of musical rides, and found a new home within Playland for Crazy Beach Party.

We weren’t ready to part with the party, so we’ve played a game of musical rides, and found a new home within Playland for Crazy Beach Party.

Special delivery all the way from Germany. We'll be busy getting this installed on Crazy Beach Party once it's settled in its new home in Playland.

Special delivery all the way from Germany. We’ll be busy getting this installed on Crazy Beach Party once it’s settled in its new home in Playland.

The hole was dug, the concrete poured and now we're waiting for The Beast to arrive.

The hole was dug, the concrete poured and now we’re waiting for The Beast to arrive.

Want to see more behind the scenes photos? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, to see more photos throughout the coming months.

Aug 28

Haven’t Checked out The Fair Yet? Here’s What you’ve missed!

It’s been an exciting and busy Fair, so for all you stragglers, we’re rounding up what’s been going on to give you an idea of what you’re missing!

Game of Thrones®: The Exhibition – new and only this year – has been a huge success so far! It all started on August 16 with a Q&A with Game of Thrones actress, Sibel Kekilli.

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On August 17, we launched the hilarious Internet Cat Video Festival with a premiere screening in the Pacific Coliseum.  It’s now enjoyed throughout the day in Celebration Plaza.

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Our new shows – Mystic India and A Circus in Wonderland have dazzled crowds alongside our classic shows like Superdogs.

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The 2014 PNE Star Showdown ended last week with the first place honours going to Alyssa Gutierrez of Surrey.

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A Fair icon, Dal Richards, was commemorated for 75 consecutive years of his Big Band performances. Look out for his stone located across from the Chevrolet Performance Stage.

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Check out the full lineup of shows and entertainment leading into the final weekend of The Fair.