Saturday 26 August 2017

"Let's Go To the Ex", A Day at the 2017 CNE

Today Teena and I headed over to the Ex, formally known as the Canadian National Exhibition.

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) was founded in 1879 for the purpose of fostering the development of agriculture, industry and the arts. Originally called the Toronto Industrial Exhibition, the name was officially changed to the Canadian National Exhibition in 1912 to better represent what the fair had become: "A Show Window of the Nation".

The CNE continued to grow and to reflect the changes in Canadian society as the emphasis slowly shifted from Agriculture to Industry. By 1912, the fairgrounds covered close to 350 acres and included one of the finest amusement parks and permanent exhibition facilities in the world.

Here are some pictures of our day.

Of everything we saw, this was the coolest. We had a chance to talk to talk to Johnson, one of the officers, who has done many jumps as a paratrooper. Every jump requires their total weight of themselves and gear to be 350 pounds (158kg). The main chute is 50 pounds, the back-up is 30 pounds plus they have an 85 pound backpack. The heavier jumpers give their large backpacks to the smaller men to even the weight.

Johnson told a few funny stories plus one about the time his chute didn't open. They are truly Canada's heroes.

Sand sculptures.

Butter sculptures.

We watched Vikram Vij cook up a curried vegetable.

This hot tub is the size of a small pool. I want, I want!

We watched Sons of Rhythm for a bit then had a bite to eat just outside the stage area so we could listen. Teena had a waffle ice cream and I had a corn dog and a root beer. Both are very nutritious!

The Ex is colourful.

Teena spotted this which we had a laugh over. Who would ever have though of putting a church tent beside a psychic?

This looks good!

It was a great day for a walk around the Ex and we had a lot of fun and saw a lot of unusual things. We'll be back again next year.

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