Canadian National Exhibition, so called CNE or The Ex, is a national event which held annually at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto, Canada.
The exhibition starts mid-August and finishes in the celebration of Canadian Labour Day, lasting 18 days in total. As Canada's largest annual event, The Ex welcomed around 1.54 million visitors last year. It is also the fifth largest annual agricultural fair in North America after Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Texas State Fair, San Antonio Livestock Show & Ex., Minnesota State Fair, and San Diego County Fair, which are all in the States.
The history of Canadian National Exhibition dates from 1897 and it was originally hold to promote agriculture and technology in Canada. Exhibitors such as agriculturists, engineers, and scientist present their discoveries and inventions to showcase the work and talent of the nation. As time passing by, the fair has change over time. What didn’t change is that it still reflects the growth in diversity and innovation just as the growth of Canada as a diversified Country.
The 18-day fair consists of a mix of shopping areas, exhibition, live entertainment, sports events, casino and a large carnival midway with rides, games and food. Since 1949, the Canadian International Air Show on Labour Day weekend has been a feature of the fair. Several buildings house exhibits and displays from vendors, government agencies and various industrial associations. These include the international pavilions of products from around the world.
People come to experience the latest innovations, to enjoy the popular entertainer of the time, and to engage in a collective community celebration. CNE has been marked as an end-of-summer ritual by millions of visitors every year.
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