THE Annual Bittersweet Sign That the End of Summer is Near. #LetsGoToTheEX #CNE #EX #ad

It’s THE annual bittersweet sign that the end of summer is near.  It’s a Toronto tradition that we always look forward to.  No need to ask me twice; I’m ready!  I’ve been going to the EX since I was little … we’re talking 5 decades !!

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With so much to see and do at the EX, it’s difficult to pinpoint a single favourite activity.  You can pick from:

  • rides
  • games
  • shows
  • shopping
  • food
  • and so much more!

I always find the time to see the animals.  Who doesn’t enjoy watching the alpacas, llamas, piglets, chicks, calves, goat, and even turkeys?  I’ve learned to have patience while parents with their small children have rushed to get the best spot to look at the animals and potentially touch them.  I think (almost can guarantee) that I am more of a child than most children when it comes to animals.  I LOVE animals!  I could watch them all day long, and I always wish I could touch them.

Shopping at the EX is always fun.   When I take a little time to shop, I always try to do a walk-through the Shoppers’ Market, the Arts, Crafts & Hobbies Pavilion, the Marketplace, and the Warehouse Outlets [this is where I can do some serious damage to my wallet!].  There are many deals to be had … and many new products to discover too.

This year’s ‘Food to Try’ List is long and adventurous.  I’ll admit I’m not too adventurous when it comes to my food.  So while I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them pass in front of my eyes, I didn’t actually try any.  I’m not brave enough and I’m not embarrassed to say it.  I look forward to hearing my daughter’s opinion of them!  She definitely doesn’t have a problem trying new food; I can envision her trying a good chunk of this list.

2019 CNE New Foods:

Frozen Cookie Dough Spaghetti, Wasabi Spice Cream, Pickle Pizza, Pickle Lemonade, Tokyo Street Dog, Spicy Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bacon Burger, Pho Fries, Unicorn Funnel Cake, Maple Bacon Churropop, Cheesecake Curds, Peeping Pierogi burger, BBQ Chicken Hearts, Mushroom Coffee, Japanese Soufflé Pancakes, Japanese Soufflé Pancakes, Funnel Cake Chicken Sandwich, Smouldering Fire & Ice Bowl, Gluten-Free Viet Burrito, Deep Fried Avocados Tacos, Dragon Fruit Lemonade üsensation, and Haggis Macaroni & Smoked Cheese

What’s special to note, this year, is that you can look forward to the 70th annual Canadian International Air Show!  It’s FREE with admission. You can read all about the CIAS one the CNE‘s website; however, the essential point, as CNE explains: “It’s now the largest and longest running Air Show in Canada with more a million people throughout the Greater Toronto Area watching the spectacular aerial display each year.”   In my opinion, it’s the Grand Finale to the Finale of the CNE and of summer.

There are only a few days left to visit the CNE so stop reading this post and GO !!!
Get all the details you need by visiting  https://theex.com

Once again, Thank You CNE for sending me!

Labour Day – Last Day at CNE #letsgototheex

If you live in Toronto (GTA Toronto) then you know that Labour Day is the final day at the CNE.  It is the “last day of summer” as we know it, and that means “go celebrate it at the CNE”!  [Lovingly know as the EX]

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The Canadian National Exhibition [ theex.com ] has been around since 1879!  It’s an annual fair that takes place for 18 days up to (and including) Labour Day.   For us, it’s a family tradition to attend at least once or twice without fail.There’s so much to do at the EX, really … it’s the ideal way to have some family fun.  There are rides, shows, exhibits, food vendors, clothing/shoe vendors, craft vendors, beer garden, animals, the air show, and even a Casino!  You can visit their website for more details or; quite frankly, just visit … you won’t regret it.Please note the following early closing hours for Labour Day Monday:

– Gates close at 5 pm
– Buildings close at 7 pm
– Casino closes at 8 pm
– Rides close at 9 pm
– Grounds close at 9 pm

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The End of Summer is Here #letsgototheex

The end of summer is truly here.  Every year, at this time, I always do the same thing … it’s routine, it’s tradition.  I always bid summer adieu with a visit to the Ex.  This year, it ends on September 7th.

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Since I always sneak in a few drinks at the end of the day, I take the trust-worthy TTC to the Canadian National Exhibition.  Note:  If you are attending the CNE this weekend, don’t forgot to bring a hat, sunscreen and lots of water to drink.  There are various water refill stations located around the grounds.

If you’ve never been to the Ex before, I think you shouldn’t put it off any longer.  There’s so much to see, do, and experience there! [http://theex.com] Personally, I’m not a ‘ride person’ so I avoid the Midway.  I tend to visit all the indoor exhibits:  butter sculpting, sand sculpting, topiary, the farm, and shopping! I usually spend an entire day … yes, from open to close.  I ensure I try a different food each year, and I usually end up purchasing much more than I expect to!    That’s just how it is; it’s part of the experience and part of the tradition.  By the end of the day, I’m exhausted.  That means it’s time to visit the bandshell and enjoy a beverage or two.