For those looking to attend the 111th PNE Fair opening this weekend, there are some key differences to be on the lookout for.
As one of the first major in-person events taking place since the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, fair organizers have taken several precautions in the interest of fairgoers’ health and safety. This year the event will operate within the health guidelines set out by the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafe BC and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
With that in mind, here are four things you need to know before you visit:
1. Advance tickets are required and must be date specific
Due to limited capacity restrictions and contact tracing, tickets must be purchased in advance of your visit. You can reserve your date-specific tickets early on ticketleader.ca to avoid disappointment. Also of note, there are no ‘ins and outs’ at the fair this year so as to maintain accurate capacity counts.
2. Emphasis on outdoor fair vibes, masks recommended
Most of this year’s fair, including live music performances and dining areas will be outdoors in Hastings Park. Maintaining physical distances of six feet/two metres will be possible across more than 50 acres the PNE stated in a recent release. Indoor space will be limited to the high ceilinged and well-ventilated livestock barns. Plexiglass shields have also been installed where possible and masks are recommended for all guests – particularly inside the livestock barns and in line for attractions and on rides. PNE staff, contractors and vendors will be masked.
3. Many on-site vendors will not accept cash
This year, the PNE’s primary form of payment is contactless cards. PNE gift cards can be used in place of cash and are available at guest services in the livestock barns or near the main Playland gate.
4. Hitch a ride or plan for parking
On-site parking is limited. You can view parking locations using a map provided by PNE organizers, or plan to take Transit to the PNE with TransLink’s Trip Planner.
Entrance gates are located on Miller Drive near the Hastings Racecourse, at Playland (Hastings and Windermere), and on the west side of Hastings Park near the PNE Agrodome.
The fair will run from August 21 to September 6 between 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. but will be closed on Aug. 23 and 30. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for kids and seniors and children 5 and under get in for free with tickets purchased in advance for a specific day at ticketleader.ca.