Vancouver : PNE – Pacific National Exhibition

It’s after labour day, which pretty much means summer is on its way out the doors.  The last two weeks of August is marked by the annual Pacific National Exhibition.  PNE for short, it began in 1910 to showcase Vancouver’s agricultural and industrial economy.  There is a market place for people to buy interesting gimmicks as seen on infomercials, as well as a food lane, and live shows well into the night.

at the fair
at the fair

Admission is $16 per person, which is cheaper than before and only $5 after 9 PM.  It is closed on Mondays for cost saving but they do allow people to go in for free during specific periods on Sundays.  That was when we went …

playland
playland – the amusement park

There is the usually the super dog show, which but there is also a new exhibition on the ground.  This year was the Superhero Discovery Center, which featured Marvel Comics among other heroes and detectives.

the hulk
the hulk
Batman
Batman
Superman
Superman
Dr. who!
Dr. who!

The first batmobile …

Batmobile
Batmobile

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Food at the fair will cost you an arm and a leg, it’s just the facts of life.  However, there is a McDonald and Burger King nearby as well as many Vietnamese and western restaurants.  However, we thought there might be a long line up for free admission so we just went in without eating lunch first.  The cheapest we found (aside from small coffee from Tim Hortons for $1.25) was 10 popcorn shrimps with fries (and no drinks) for $9.  I also bought $3 root beer ,,, apparently bees love that drink cause it was all over mine.

lunch
lunch

After lunch we caught the Lord Strathcona’s Horse Musical Ride‘s at the Agrodome.  The PNE has a few horse shows and this was one of them.  The riders are all currently serving in the military but they are also trained in cavalry for ceremonies and special occasions.  The unit was created to served at the Boer War and also subsequent wars of its time but as technology advanced, it disbanded in 1939.  However, it was brought back again in 1977 for performing purposes.

Lord Strathcona's Horse Musical Ride
Lord Strathcona’s Horse Musical Ride

The horses run various formations and does circle eights, it was quite interesting considering how big these horses are.

formations
formations

There is also a mini Dinosaurs Alive exhibition outside … My friend says it looks like the ones on exhibition at a local Asian mall ..lol

dinosaurs
dinosaurs
evil dino~~
evil dino~~

Now to my favorite part of PNE, seeing barn animals and watching someone milk a cow (ok the latter isn’t my favorite but quite interesting nonetheless)!  The Holstein cows produces the milk that is served to the public and the cow, if already didn’t know … looks something like .. that.

moo
moo

Rather than using hands to squeeze the cows for milk, they use machines now.  It sometimes made me think .. if I had to went to work in a farm during working holiday, would I have become an expert in milking cows. …

moo
moo

then onto the other cute live stocks …

baby cow
new calf – just born in July

These guys by far must have the best hair styles – Alpacas!

Alpaca
Alpaca
closeup
closeup

Baby and mama llama next door

other Llamas
other Llamas
miniature horses
miniature horses
actual size horse
actual size horse
piggy
piggy
rabbits
rabbits
another horse
another horse – so cute!!!!!!!!!!
mini horse
mini horse

We had to head out but there was also a concert and Peter Pan, the theatrical play, that was still going on at night that I missed .. on hindsight, perhaps I should have stayed longer … I heard the race track had the best and cheapest scones … I could have brought a book and chilled there.

We also found a place that sells ribs.. lots and lots of BBQ ribs that makes your mouth totally drool .. but we were full from un-delicious popcorn shrimp 😦

.. and there went summer~

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