For everyone living in and around Toronto, you will immediately recognize the title of today’s post; for everyone else, the Ex has nothing to do with a dismantled relationship, it’s short for the Canadian National Exhibition. No wiser? It’s a two week fair run at the end of August until Labour Day. It usually ends with a huge air show and fireworks ( not at the same time).
I went the first year I was in Canada and I never went again, until today. I don’t remember much about my first visit except a rickety roller coaster and a lot of people. Today, the Ex has the usual games that you can’t win, loads of junk food, and rides that make you ill. It also has things like;
Sand sculpture competitions, horticulture competitions, horse competitions, and on and on. There were also butter sculptures, but I didn’t get a picture because I was distracted by the week-old lambs and tiny piglets in the farm area.
In the farm area I actually got to touch a llama! They are so, so soft. This little idea came from the Jimmy Neutron movie. A funny movie that also has a fair in it. “Llama, llama, llama.”
Tom decided to get a henna tattoo.
Neither Tom or I are big fans of “rides”. Tom can’t stand heights and both of us throw up if we are spun around, so we took the alpine ride instead.
There was a world market place where you could buy literally anything from around the world. This included a lot of English chocolate. Unfortunately, it was too hot to buy chocolate, which would likely have ended up as a puddle in the bottom of the bag. I had to make do with Polos and Pastilles.
Dotted around the grounds were small stages where buskers presented their acts throughout the day. We caught a fabulous act as we arrived. The finale was the man jumping through a wheel of knives, which was also on fire and precariously balanced on his partner’s stomach. She was bent over backwards in a crab shape with this large flaming ring sitting on her belly. It was amazing.
The Ex was hot and crowded, but all in all, it was a lot of fun. There’s lots for everyone to do and is wheelchair accessible. So, if you and your family have nothing to do during the last week of school holidays, you might want to consider going to the Ex.