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Toronto, Aug 19 (Canadian-Media): Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), one of North America’s largest annual fairs, opened its doors yesterday with several new features and and offers 18 days of the performances from the latest innovations in technology and commercial products combined with amusement park rides, midway games, entertainment Canadian International Air Show, delicious food, concerts, performances and several special events, media reports said.
The CNE -- opening ceremony of which was performed inside Princes’ Gates an at 10 a.m. -- will reportedly be open from 10 a.m. to midnight from August 18 – September 3 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Labour Day.
Founded in 1879, CNE this year offers several innovative features such as Unity Pole, CNE Gaming Garage, MZ Laser-Laser Illusion Experience, East Coast Kitchen Party, Carving and many more.
Unity Pole featrures 25 foot emblematic indigenous cedar pole carved by Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang was displayed at Heritage Court, Encarve Garden.
CNE Gaming Garage featuring esport tournament and prize money, pinball tournament and prize money, play-to-win table top games, interactive VR and gaming demonstrations, video game dance floor and many more.
Experience, East Coast Kitchen Party with east coast cuisine, food trucks, craft beer, wine and Newfoundland screech.
National sand sculpting competition was on display throughout the day at the Enercare Centre included indigenous carves, butter sculptures and sand sculptures.
Tons of sands were carved and transformed by competitors across the country into magnificent sculptures to get the top prizes.
Nancy, an Italian woman liked one of the specimens in sand and voted for that to get the first prize.
CNE Sand carving at Encarve Centre
Canadian Armed Forces Interactive Display was held west side of Enercare Centre, outside Heritage Court and presented with the military vehicles, like guns, armed forces jeeps etc. and was filled with fun atmosphere as children accompanied by their parents inspected each sight and asked questions.
Sonu, a ten year old boy said his favourite item was cannon pointing out to a huge cannon which was demonstrated by the staff there.
Sangeeta, a 7-year old girl and a new immigrant was fascinated by the sight of the Fighter Jet cockpit and asked the staff to explain to her its functions.
The Enercare Centre and the Heritage Court Galley exhibited a panaromfactsic exhibits of photos and aritifacts.
Heritage Court was filled with approximately 5000 audiences who were about to watch the acrobatics and ice skating shows.
A Phillipine student named Mila said that she had been watching this show for the past three years and had been thrilled by it.
CNE snow skating at Heritage Hall
CNE Skating event
Pamela, staff member informed that many of the photos and artifacts were from indigenous people.
These were greatly admired and a group of children accompanied by their Art Teacher, Sandy was trying to explain to them the history of the Indigenous people and their culture.
The Quilt of Belonging which exhibited 263 quilted squares, as explained by the staff named Molly, represented 71 indigenous groups and 192m immigrant nationalities found in Canada. These were mounted on the walls were unique and admirable.
Toronto Star Food Building was one of the most popular spot for the food lovers and foods of different origins were served; some of the most favorites being rib rest at Bandshell Park, French’s Food Truck Frenzy.
There was also demonstration from the celebrity Chefs Jamie Kennedy at Enercare Centre, Hall A at Home Pavilion.
Craft Beer Festival was another hit and there we met many singers enjoying with beer and merry making.
Kids’ World hosted daily from 10 am – 8 p.m. was another highlight of the exhibition which was filled with merry children from different cultures enjoying the multicultural fun activities on the west end of the CNE grounds.
The popular kids’ entertainments were: MAJINX’S Tribute to the Magic of Canada, Barney, DuffeBag Theatre: Robin Hood, DuffeBag Theatre: Beary & the Beast, Mike the Knight, Splash’N Boots, Bob the Builder and many more.
Other popular shows of the CNE are: Canadian International Air Show at the CNE Waterfront, The President’s Choice SuperDogs CanaDogs Show at the Enercare Centre, Hall D, Celebrate Canada at Enercare Centre, Heritage Court Gallery, CNE Aquarama, Mardi Gras Parade and several other international performances, the later of which would be held on the International stage, Enercare Centre, Hall B.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)