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! [] 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. 

CNE Announces the Return of HorseCapades, Including All-New Trick Riding Show Beginning July 27

Summer is here; that means …  the CNE has something fabulous for families!

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Trick and Treat for the Entire Family! CNE Announces the Return of HorseCapades, Including All-New Trick Riding Show Beginning July 27

Fun and interactive horse show is FREE to enjoy before the CNE officially opens its gates

(Toronto, Ontario) – The fun of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) gallops into Toronto early with HorseCapades, a delightful and interactive program that introduces fans of all ages to the wonder of horses. In its 10th consecutive year, HorseCapades returns to the CNE beginning July 27, 2014, at the Horse Place, Exhibition Place. It offers visitors the chance to pet and feed horses, learn about grooming and shoeing, guess a horse’s weight, meet a mare and foal, as well as enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride.

NEW this year, HorseCapades is expanding to include a spectacular trick-riding show, HorsePower Live!, debuting on July 27. Set to original music, HorsePower Live! showcases the pageantry, power, and precision of riders and horses performing remarkable feats such as barrel racing, trick riding, roping, and hip hop dressage in the Horse Palace Ring.

“HorseCapades and HorsePower Live! bring the enchantment of horses to the heart of the city,” says David Bednar, CNE General Manager. “Families don’t have to travel far to enjoy a taste of the rural life and get up close with one of nature’s most intelligent animals. It’s fun, educational, and a great way to spend the day indoors – not to mention it’s free for everyone!”

Also NEW to the HorseCapades programming is Kids AgVenture, an interactive area consisting of five barn-like tents that allow young children to learn hands-on what it takes to be a farmer. From harvesting grain, to collecting eggs, and milking cows, kids can gather and sell their ‘pretend’ crops at the farmers market in exchange for an AgVenture colouring book.

HorseCapades is truly a fun and affordable outing for the entire family, individuals and groups to escape the city life.  Groups of 10 or more people are asked to make reservations by emailing, or go to for more information.

HorseCapades Interactive Program Schedule:

July 27 – August 14 *
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm, daily
HorsePower Live! shows twice daily at 11:30am & 1:00pm
Price: Free
Location: CNE Horse Palace

There will be no HorseCapades program or HorsePower Live! shows on Saturday, August 2, 2014.
About the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
The CNE is Canada’s largest fair and one of the top 10 exhibitions in North America. Founded in 1879, the CNE generates an economic impact of approximately $58.6 million for the Greater Toronto Area and $80 million for the province of Ontario each year. For the past four consecutive fairs, the CNE has been awarded Eco Logo certification, confirming it as the “greenest” fair in North America and the most “environmentally friendly” large-scale event on the continent.

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It won’t be long before HorseCapades is all ready for you.  Get your friends and families ready for this wonderful treat!

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