City taxpayers can rejoice—it's another sunny day at the Fair at the P.N.E.
Vancouver taxpayers can heave a sigh of relief because of all the good weather over the past week.
That's because the city owns the Pacific National Exhibition, which is staging its annual fair at Hastings Park until September 3.
And heaps of sunshine invariably leads to larger crowds, significantly lessening the chance of the event running in the red. And for fairgoers, there's no precipitation expected through Sunday night.
The Fair at the P.N.E. employs 4,000 people directly and creates 9,500 indirect jobs, according to spokesperson Laura Ballance.
"We're the largest employer of youth in B.C., which is something we take pride in," she stated.
Ballance is sometimes run off her feet during the fair. And this year for the first time, she's wearing a pedometer to track far her feet are taking her. On opening day, the instrument recorded 17,752 steps.
"I went online and it said a nurse at a busy hospital could walk up to 10,000 steps a day," Ballance noted.
Of course, she could always take a rest in Capt. James T. Kirk's comfy chair on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, which is one of this year's major attractions.
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