As you know, last weekend we spent a day at the CNE watching my son’s girlfriend in the Ambassador of the Fairs competition.
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), also known as the Ex, is Canada’s largest fair and the seventh largest fair in North America. The first Canadian National Exhibition took place in 1879, largely to promote agriculture and technology in Canada. It was originally called the Toronto Industrial Exhibition. It was renamed in 1912 to the Canadian National Exhibition. The fair itself consists of a variety of pavilions, exhibits, shows, concerts, a working farm, horse show, petting zoo, casino, and a large carnival midway with rides, games and food. What used to be an exhibition just for agriculture and technology has now turned into an event for families and people of all ages to enjoy. To many people in Toronto and the surroundings communities, the CNE is an annual family tradition.
When I was a child, the CNE was a huge tradition for my family, and there wasn’t a single year that we missed it. Mike and I began the same tradition with our sons when they were old enough to go on the rides, but there were many aspects of the CNE that we were never really able to enjoy because when you go there with little kids all they are interested in are rides and games. They have no desire to walk through the many pavilions and exhibits.
Last weekend was the first time Mike and I had gone to the CNE without kids, and it was a very different experience. When not watching Cayley’s competition, we wondered the fair in ways that we never had before. Although I do miss the days of rides and games with my boys, we are entering a new stage in our lives, and it was nice to do what we wanted to do for once :). I was able to really look around me that day and capture the essence of the CNE with my camera, and over the next few days I will share some of my favourite photos with you. First is the Ferris Wheel, and I couldn’t decide which one to post, so you get to see all four.