CNE opens for 135th year
The gates are open for the 135th-annual Canadian National Exhibition.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Premier Kathleen Wynne were on hand for Friday morning’s opening ceremony as this year’s “First Family” of the Ex — the Newhook family from Brampton — were escorted into the park on a horse and buggy.
“We’ve already had so much fun and it hasn’t even started,” said Dana Newhook, alongside husband Ethan and son David Nagy.
“We’re excited for the Polar Express ride,” she added, saying she’d also be keeping her eyes open for cronuts.
Although there are plenty of new things to see and taste at this year’s Ex, those first through the gates for the two-week event were looking forward to the traditional treats, too.
Naomi Lee, for one, knew which booth she wanted to visit. “I’m excited for my cotton candy,” the five year-old said.
Lineups had already started to form before noon for games and the midway.
“I’m looking forward to going on the rides with my grandchildren — their parents are too scared to go on most of them,” said Elaine “Grams” Brunke, who came to the CNE with her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the Flying Wallendas,” said 10-year-old Caroline Obornick, who has been coming to the CNE for the last five years with her family.
Along with the daily acrobatics, stunt and stage shows at the fair, the CNE Bandshell will host The New Pornographers Saturday night and The Beach Boys and Dube Brothers on Sunday.
The 64th annual Canadian International Airshow runs Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
Gates are open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. More information can be found online at theex.com.