By SHERI RADFORD
One day is definitely not long enough to experience the Pacific National Exhibition (Aug. 17 to Sep. 2). The site at Hastings Park is bursting with rides, midway games, agricultural displays and the PNE prize home—a luxurious 280-sq-m (3,000-sq-ft) house that gets relocated to Sun Peaks Resort after the fair is over and filled with goodies for the winner: furniture, appliances, hot tub and pool table, plus a year of maid service.
The indefatigable Dal Richards brings his big band to the PNE, for the 74th time; despite being 95, the local legend performs daily. Other musical enticements include an impressive line-up of free nightly concerts: Melissa Etheridge (Aug. 17), The Jacksons (Aug. 18), Dean Brody (Aug. 20), Great Big Sea (Aug. 21), Colin James (Aug. 22), The Beach Boys (Aug. 23), Sam Roberts Band (Aug. 24), Corb Lund & the Hurtin’ Albertans (Aug. 25), Foreigner (Aug. 27), The Proclaimers (Aug. 28), Big Wreck (Aug. 29), Martina McBride (Aug. 30), REO Speedwagon (Aug. 31), Lights (Sep. 1) and Loverboy (Sep. 2).
The new Genghis Khan: The Exhibition explores the life and times of the terrifying Mongolian warlord. Other attractions include the Peking Acrobats, RCMP Musical Ride, eco-sculptures and the adorable Superdogs, performing feats that put the average Fido to shame. And permeating everything is the mouth-watering aroma of the Those Little Donuts, mingled with the scents of corndogs and deep-fried Mars bars, not to mention poutine, pizza and Hunky Bill’s perogies.
It all adds up to an unforgettable PNE experience.