Nearly 1.5 million visitors estimated to have attended the CNE this year

Sep 3 2019, 8:06 am

The CNE celebrated the end of its 2019 run on Monday, which was also anticipated to be the busiest of its 18-day offering.

The final hurrah of the CNE welcomed the Labour Day parade, and the grand finale of the Canadian International Air Show, celebrating its 70th year of flight.

 

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According to the CNE, this year’s edition of the exhibition trended at 5% above last year, with final reconciliation of sales and gate operations to be tallied over the next few months.

And before the end of The Ex’s final day, it was anticipated that close to 1.5 million visitors will have attended this year.

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Some of this year’s highlights included The EX Race, the Canadian premiere exhibition of National Geographic’s “50 Greatest Photographs,” indoor lanterns, and of course, the variety of food offerings from pickle pizza to rainbow grilled cheese, an “Under $6 in the Six” menu, the Food Truck Frenzy and Craft Beer Fest, Oktoberfest, and more.

 

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And, this year’s Bandshell featured Burton Cummings, BOYSTORY, April Wine, Buffy Sainte Marie, Jann Arden, Walk off the Earth, and A Tribe Called Red.

 

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Over the past month, the CNE Foundation has been raising funds through sales of 50/50 tickets, to enable community and youth program, and its youth job training program, Pathways to Job Readiness, which provided 30 youth in the GTA with skills for success and on-the-job training at this year’s CNE.

Winning ticket A-1573400 was announced last night, with a prize of at least half a million dollars.

 

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