Another year, another fun-filled day at the Fair at the PNE for only $12 (at Safeway or 7-Eleven; 15$ on site).
The “Wheels of Steel” show was awesome as usual. It was apparently a little bit too windy to get the full serving with the flying dirt bikes — safety first! –, but nevertheless, they put on a fine “jam session” for us (and let’s not forget about the ground-level acts too; the freestyle sport bikes and the racing quads). And the MC, an essential part of the show, made the whole thing even better with some great acting and mid-action comments.
The Peking Acrobats were a little disappointing for me, after their flawless 45-minute routine from last year. First off, they shortened their set to 30 minutes this year and they also had a few mishaps too. But, coincidentally, an acquaintance was telling me the next day that she also saw them on the same day as me and this time they were perfect. Mishaps or not, the stuff they did was quite impressive.
The Superdogs show was much better than last year’s; the misses — or were they scripted? — were just as funny as the rest of the show: in the high jump contest, I really liked the dog who insisted on running first past the high jump apparel, into the tunnel, before coming back for the jump. The MC gave him a second chance and he did the same thing again. Or the big dog from Quebec who rammed the 7 bars lined up instead of jumping above them; he then took a bar as he would a bone and left with it, the handlers unable to snatch it out of his mouth — lol! They also had a fun relay race through an obstacle course where “my” side — the “Bow-Wow” team — won, thanks to Usain Bolt’s canine equivalent, “Havoc.” He just blasted the competition away, especially through the slalom section. The show also had an amazing frisbee routine featuring a lone dog/master combo; it’s the kind of dog trick/show that sometimes ends up in your e-mail and makes you go “Wow!”
I don’t remember noticing this kind of content last year, but the PNE had a great line-up of live acts this year. Famous bands/singers such as Air Supply, Sheena Easton, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Canadians 54-40, Glass Tiger, and Chilliwack were among the lot.
As for the food, it was way overpriced in my opinion, but the admission was not very expensive so… But exceptionally, the “classicest” of the food items to be found on site — those mouth-watering hot, sugar/cinnamon coated mini-donuts (or “doughnuts”) — were cheap, at $3 for a bag of 13. Yummy!
Add to the already cool list of things you can do at the Fair a pig race, horse show jumping, a “Market Place” full of original items to buy, Dal Richards and his (awesome) Orchestra playing daily, the Flying Canucks doing some aerial stunts, etc. and your 12$ goes a long way if you ask me!
But too bad, I went to the Fair in the closing days and now it’s over… Don’t miss it next year! ;)