For the 110th year the last weeks of August will include a PNE Fair experience. Albeit an unconventional experience, the 2020 PNE Fair will return in a drive through format to ensure proper social distancing. Being developed in consultation with Vancouver Coastal Health, this year’s Fair will include all your Fair favourites, from the Superdogs to family shows and entertainment to agriculture and exhibits as well as the Fair food you love.
As part of its COVID-19 protocols, all of these programs are entirely cashless, and tickets must be purchased in advance through Ticketleader.ca
President and CEO Shelley Frost says the entire organization is humbled by the outpouring of support, which has come from across Canada. Frost says the response to the two initial drive through experiences, a Mini Donut sale supporting four concessionaires and a Father’s Day Weekend Car-B-Q that included another four Fair families as well as Canada’s first ever drive through vintage and custom car show, inspired the organization to push forward with plans across a number of other of the organization’s business streams.
“This is without a doubt one of the most challenging periods in PNE history,” says President and CEO Shelley Frost. “But what has become apparent is the deep desire of British Columbians to support not only the PNE organization but our staff, our partners and our concessionaire families. Building on the success of the Taste of the PNE series, we are incredibly excited to announce a number of other initiatives to continue to support the small Canadian businesses who make up our extended family. While we won’t have our usual thousands of jobs, we will be able, through these experiences, to recall hundreds of our staff team and provide them with at least some work during this difficult time.”