Things to do and see at the PNE

It’s that time of year again, and here are the top five reasons to brave the crowds

Photo: Jennifer Gauthier

The Fair at the PNE is in full swing and, as in the past, there are lots of new attractions to keep repeat fair-goers and newcomers happy. Besides the always popular rides, mini donuts and show home, there is literally something for everyone. And speaking of rides, the Courier sent along volunteer Matt Lambert to test the scariest the Fair has to offer. According to Lambert, the Revelation is far and above the best/worst. With the use of a GoPro, the Courier was able to capture some of Lambert’s highlights (screams).

Keepers Doll Factory (new)

It’s said cloaked men lurk through the halls of the Keepers Doll Factory searching for human sacrifices to from which to harvest limbs. Those who choose to enter might leave with fewer body parts and extra cracks than they came in with. This experience is not one for the faint of heart. There’s an additional charge of $5 for this attraction. Not recommended for children under 12.

Haunted Mansion

There’s a new family in town. This Haunted Mansion, mastered by the deviously brilliant Dr. Luther Van Horn, has been transformed from a once-lovely manor into a house of horrors. Experience the sounds of terror that fill the walls of this oversized mansion. Encounter the destructive descendants of the Van Horn family who stalk the halls of the large manor waiting — for you. There’s an additional charge of $5 for this attraction. Not recommended for children under 12.

Fifth Annual Vancouver Rib Festival Competition

For those who still have an appetite after a ride on The Beast and a near-death experience in Keepers Doll Factory, there’s the rib festival at Celebration Plaza sponsored by 99.3 CFOX. Back by popular demand the Fair at the PNE hosts the Fifth Annual Vancouver Rib Festival featuring top champion barbecue pit masters from across Canada. Four national teams will feature some of the best award-winning barbecue available — so make sure to stop by for a taste of barbecue ribs, brisket and pulled pork made from real tried and true champions.

Farm Country

The livestock barns on the PNE grounds, open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of the midway. Stop by Farm Country and relax in this showcase of B.C. agriculture. Many old favourites are returning to the Big Red Barns, including last year’s kids’ top pick, miniature pony rides. The Kidz Discovery Farm, sponsored by Safeway, lets kids play farmer for an hour by milking a cow, pedaling a tractor, collecting eggs and harvesting apples.

PNE Short Film Competitions

The PNE has partnered with two of Vancouver’s premier film schools to provide guests with an interactive experience. The Vancouver Film School Short Film Competition, at 1, 3 and 6 p.m. daily, features the best animated short films by students from VFS. The Reel Youth Short Film Competition, at 2, 4 and 7 p.m. daily features videos made by youth 18 years and under. Vancouver youth were asked to identify aspects of their community that make it great and build a short story that amplifies it. Visitors will be able to Text-to-Vote for their favorite film in both competitions and a chance to win some cool prizes. You’ll find these films at the Tim Hortons Digital Venue in Celebration Plaza.

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