Canadian National Exhibition

Canadian National Exhibition ( CNE, often "The Ex " for short ) is a late summer annual in Toronto Exhibition and Fair event at the Exhibition Place. The Canadian National Exhibition originated historically from an agricultural fair, which in addition with various attractions and has received the meantime the character of a folk festival. Traditionally, the CNE on 18 days during the summer. The last day it falls on the Labour Day, the first Monday in September. The CNE has around 1.3 million visitors per year Canada's largest fair and the fifth largest in North America.


Before the CNE has been held annually in Toronto found a large agricultural fair every year in a different city of Ontario instead. 1878 Toronto hosted the show and was accepted very successful with more than 100,000 visitors. Due to this success, local politicians and business representatives made ​​it hard to leave the show permanently held in Toronto in the future. Rural communities defended themselves against this project because the migratory exhibition municipalities allowed to present themselves. Nevertheless, the Toronto advocates prevailed, so that takes place the first fair as Toronto Industrial Exhibition since September 3, 1879. The venue west of downtown on the Ontarioufer bears the name Exhibition Place today. It has an area of ​​1.1 square kilometers adjacent exhibition space and parking facilities. Between 1942 and 1946 the fair was not held. The first time that the CNE was televised, was on August 2, 1952. During summer 2003, the CNE their 125th staging celebrated.


In addition to the Agricultural Fair, the CNE offers a range of fairground rides, Eistanzshows, parades, air shows, talent shows, garden shows, a petting zoo, horse shows and sports competitions. Since its inception in 1879, the different sports are carried out, including Archery, Bungee Jumping, Auto Racing, Baseball, Basketball, Snooker, judo, karate, swimming. In the early years, presented and military units of the British Empire. Today, on the first Saturday of the CNE will be held a military parade.

Each year, the Canadian flag is raised to the CNE on a 31.4 -meter-high flagpole. This tradition was first performed in 1977. Until his replacement in 2001 was a 56.1 -meter-high flagpole made ​​of Douglas fir wood, which was then the world's highest wooden flagpole.