Toronto, Sep 5 (Canadian-Media): Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) 2018 which was held in Toronto, Ontario from Aug 17 - Sep 3 among labour dispute did not lessen the charm of the exhibition or the enthusiasm of the people, media reports said.
The official ceremony of the 140th year of the CNE was held in front of the historic Princes’ Gates on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10 AM.
The sign of CNE at the front of the exhibition, displayed for the second time this year did not lose its charm. The volunteers who tirelessly worked to make CNE, a success in spite of the labour dispute, are being showcased in front of the sign.
CNE sign at the entrance showcased with volunteers
The place was full of hustle and bustle and although we went to the exhibition early in the morning, the flow of people with their children entering the exhibition continued with full enthusiasm. The rides as usual were a big charm for the families with small children, although it did not deter the zeal of the elders.
The exhibition being held during the summer vacation of schools witnessed large crowds of children of all ages.
Raj, a seven-year old child, when asked, said visiting CNE 2018 was the best event of his school vacation. His parents said that they had promised him to bring him to the exhibition two more times this year.
The international stage, which showcased the aeriel acrobatics and other the sky skating, which was showcased on demand, was thronged with people. The show was to start at 2 pm but we thought to grab the seats a liitle earlier and were there at 1 pm but were amazed to see most of the seats being occupied.
Due the large population of the spectators who were either seated, standing on the sides of the seating arrangement and all the vacant spaces filled with families seated on the floor, the CNE staff decided to open the show at 1:30 pm itself.
The aerial acrobatic show's novelty feature this year was the changing faces of the man every 5 seconds. The international hall was full of applause and cheering.
The food as usual was a big attraction of the CNE. One of our friends from the Senior Club, Sham Sadana, who was at the exhibition, said the main attraction for him for the last many years that he had been coming to CNE was to try food from every stall.
This year CNE's TELUS Asian Market was a new feature and was filled with lines of families waiting for their turn.
Sand sculpting was showcased on demand and attracted huge spectators. Along with this, another interesting feature was the butter toys.
Flower and vegetable competition also attracted large spectators. Eliza, who was a botony student was fascinated and had contacted some staff members to have more historical perspectives of the plants.
Flip Flop Sculptures, new this year, was presented with a cause. Abandoned flip flops retrieved from the Indian Ocean are transformed into whimsical animal sculptures by Kenyan artisans with great creativity inside the Enercare Centre, Hall A.
NEW – Nook of Gnomes – Six whimsical giant garden gnomes are ready to greet CNE visitors as they enter Heritage Court. These legendary spirits known for their small stature have been super-sized to stand at 12 feet and six feet tall.
Other new attractions this year were: Legend of the Silk Road Come to Light, Indoor Lantern Festival, Giant Garden Gnomes, Star-Studded Concert Series, Silent Disco – Dance, and the US Air Force Thunderbirds Air Show for their only performance outside of the USA this year and much more.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)