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Event: Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Playland Open Now, Fair Starts August 17th

Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE. Today, the PNE is the longest running and best attended annual ticketed event in BC and the site of hundreds of famous events - from a live performance from the Beatles to the historic Miracle Mile.

Over the past 101 years, the PNE has evolved from its role as an industry showcase into a centre for entertainment and family fun. World class and award-winning shows such as Cirque Pop, City Rhythm and Bring on the Night were all created especially, and exclusively for the PNE.

PNE RidePlayland, the PNE's amusement park, is now officially open daily through to the end of summer. With something to offer for children and adults, the "Kids Playce" recently added family rides Teacups and Balloon Explorers.  Taller adrenaline-seekers can turn to Atmosfear, Hellevator, Corkscrew, and the Wooden Roller Coaster: Playland's most historic and spectacular attraction, built in 1958.

The Fair at the PNE opens from August 17 to September 2 (11 am until late!) bringing back live shows, exhibits and attractions, silly food, agriculture, rides, and those little donuts. Children will enjoy the petting zoo, while adults will love checking out the latest gizmos and gadgets in the exhibition. And the whole family will get a kick out of special shows including perennial favourite the Superdogs.  New this year:

  • 20% price reduction in Gate Admission and parking rates
  • Coupon Book with hundreds of dollars in savings on food and merchandise
  • Reserved seating and a bigger venue for Summer Night Concerts
  • Genghis Khan: The Exhibition
  • Dueling Pianos in the Plaza Beer Garden
  • RCMP Musical Ride

Nearby accommodations can be found at the Cassandra Hotel, rooms feature air-conditioning, TV, private bathroom/tub, microwave, fridge, wireless internet,  sauna, whirlpool, laundromat and free parking. 2400 Motel, with classic drive-in bungalows ranging from large family units with full kitchens to cosy motel-style units for two and amenities like cable tv and free WiFi. The PNE is just a short ride away on public transit, helping out-of-towners to beat the crowds.

To purchase your discounted tickets, or for more information, visit http://www.pne.ca/.

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