After 101 years the PNE still wows

You’d think being 101 would mean that you have little surprises left. Not true for the fair at the PNE.

The PNE

The PNE

You’d think being 101 would mean that you have little surprises left. Not true for the fair at the PNE.

With hundreds of performances and exhibits, more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions including Atmosfear and all that food, the fair at the PNE is definitely the best part of summer. What better way to end your summer vacation than with a trip to the PNE, and this year children 13 and under will be admitted free each day of the fair. From Aug. 20 to Sept. 5 the PNE will be celebrating its 101st birthday.

The family theatre, with shows daily at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. features acts over the 17-day fair including Caillou, Toopy and Binoo, Max and Ruby, Sid the Science Kid, Care Bears, Shrek and more. Kids Playce at Playland provides the perfect setting for families looking to spend some activity time and the special grass picnic areas are perfectly suited for families looking to have a picnic right in Playland.

For the gamers in the family, the arcade buildings in the centre of the park provide the latest in games available from around the world. Many titles you won’t see anywhere else. In addition, check out the nearby basketball court for some three-on-three action, the climbing wall, haunted mansion, adventure golf or younger guests can hop aboard pirate adventure and slide down a plank. Then there is the traditional fair games like Wac a Mole, Ring Toss and others to try and take home a prize.

What is a fair without food? Visitors at the PNE can choose from a light snack to a fine dining experience. Of course you can’t forget the cotton candy, candy apples, elephant ears and mini-donuts.

The ride of the season? A thrill seeker’s dream? The estranged older cousin of the Wave Swinger? Yes it’s true, the PNE has a new ride, and adrenaline junkies are going to love it. That is, of course, if your preference is for rides that swing 360 degrees, while going 70 kilometres per hour at 218 feet high. Atmosfear will be Playland’s tallest ride, offering unparalleled panoramic views of the entire city (if you can keep your eyes open long enough to focus).

When your feet are sore from walking around the grounds, check out the over 500 community performers who showcase their talent at the PNE. The WestJet Concert Stage is also presenting a summer full of the best music. During the PNE be sure to check out the most successful rock duo in history Daryl Hall and John Oates, Chris Isaak, Donny Osmond, the raspy vocals of country legend Kenny Rogers, the youthful energy of iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove, classic rock sounds of Kim Mitchell or legendary icons Air Supply. Some of Canada’s hottest musicians are also playing including One More Girl, Stereos, Crystal Shawanda and more.

The fair also features several live shows such as Pop City, which explodes to life with high-voltage production numbers and hot special effects. Get there early as the sun goes down and the pyro celebration begins just after dark. Back for the 34th consecutive year, the Superdogs will be entertaining all ages with crazy canine stunts daily. The World’s Most Popular Dogs will keep children and families laughing and cheering throughout the show. In a new location this year is the Peking Acrobats, bringing their treacherous wire-walking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, astonishing juggling and more to a bigger venue in the Pacific Coliseum. Other live shows happening daily include the death defying motorcycle aerials of Evolution of Extreme, Vancouver legend Dal Richards and his orchestra and the eco-friendly music experience World on the Water at the Hastings Park Sanctuary.

The PNE fair is open from 11 a.m. until late, weather permitting. Fair gate passes for 14-64 year olds is $20 and $8 for 65 years plus. Special savings on ticket prices are available online and on Aug. 22 there is free gate admission from 9 a.m. to noon.

A full listing of fair ride passes is available at www.pne.ca.

Just Posted

Penticton Overdose Prevention Society co-founders Desiree Franz, Shane Surowski and Stephanie Lines have created the city’s first unsanctioned public overdose prevention site using an old wine-tour bus. The site began operations in June 2021. (Desiree Franz/Facebook)
Volunteers launch Penticton’s first public supervised injection site

2021 is on pace to be the deadliest year for overdoses in Penticton on record

Four golfers from Fairview Mountain Golf Club in Oliver will golf from sunrise to sunset to raise funds for ALS on June 29. (Submitted)
Golfing from sunrise to sunset in Oliver for ALS

Four golfers from Fairview Mountain Golf Club have taken up the challenge June 29

Jann Arden will embark on Canada-wide tour Spring 2022 with a stop in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre on June 13. (Contributed)
Jann Arden coming to Penticton in 2022

The Jann Arden Live! tour has been rescheduled for 2022

A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. (Calvin Dickson photo)
Another severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Okanagan

Conditions are favourable for thunderstorms that may produce strong wind gusts, hail and heavy rain

The South Okanagan Tim Hortons raised over $4,000 through the three day orange doughnut promotion with 100 per cent of proceeds going to to the Residential School Survivors Society. The owner of these locations matched the amount. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
South Okanagan Tim Hortons raises over $8K for residential school survivors

More than $4,000 worth of doughnuts were purchased over three days

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
Jann Arden backs petition to stop live horse export

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

(Dave Ogilvie photo)
One injured after being pinned by fallen forklift near Peachland

West Kelowna emergency crews responded to reports of a person stuck under a forklift

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

B.C. ambulance station in Revelstoke is expected to get a new system called the Scheduled On-Call (SOC) this fall. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
B.C. ambulance changes could put Revelstoke residents at risk, warn local paramedics

Paramedics said to expect a substantial increase in ambulance response time starting this fall

This goose family went for a leisurely stroll down Vernon’s Main Street Saturday, April 25. (Dave Deshane photo)
Controversial Vernon goose cull won’t fly this year

Necessary permit procedures held up at a federal level

Mounties cover a burgundy truck with a tent at Buckerfields in West Kelowna on Monday, June 14. The RCMP is investigating after a woman’s body was found inside the truck. (Amandalina Letterio/Capital News)
West Kelowna RCMP investigating suspicious death after body found in truck

Police responded to a truck parked out front of a Main Street business where the body was found

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Most Read