For the first time ever, the Fair at the PNE is cutting two days off its traditional 17-day schedule for 2013.
The City of Vancouver-owned Pacific National Exhibition announced today (February 5) that the annual fair at Hastings Park will close for the first two Mondays of its summer run.
Shutting down on what are usually the slowest days for the fair will allow the PNE to cut prices for general admission and parking by 20 percent. That means adult tickets and on-site parking will each drop from $20 to $16.
“We’ve listened to our guests, evaluated a number of factors and analyzed an industry trend in the United States that is seeing incredible success for longer run fairs such as ourselves,” PNE president and CEO Michael McDaniel said in a news release. “We’ve considered moving to this model for some time and have spent the last several months working with our vendors and partners to make it a reality. We’re very happy to pass on the savings to our guests.”
The 2013 fair will run from August 17 to September 2, with Monday closures on August 19 and August 26.
Founded in 1910, the PNE came under city ownership in 2004 after years as a provincial Crown corporation.