The Pacific National Exhibition will poll British Columbians on changing the historic end of summer dates to a mid-summer event. Organizers blame changing weather over the past 25 years for the idea to move the Fair at the PNE to July from August.
The annual fair has occurred in the 17-day window ending on the Labour Day weekend for decades, but weather trends show an average of twice the amount of rain during the last 2 weeks of August, compared to the last 2 weeks of July. Also, the average daily temperature in late August has been dropping, while it is increasing in late July.
“We have not made the decision to change Fair dates, we are just exploring the possibility. This is some very preliminary research on a concept that we as an organization have been considering for close to a decade,” says PNE spokesperson Laura Ballance. “Our long standing tradition that has us ending on Labour Day may no longer make sense from a weather perspective. We know that The Fair is a beloved event for thousands of families, so we’re going to talk to British Columbians about what they feel the impact of moving the Fair into a July window would be.”
The PNE will have the polling questions via their website at PNE.ca for you to share your opinion.
If the PNE moves ahead with a date change, it would be for the 2018 event or later. This year’s fair takes place as scheduled August 20th – September 5th, 2016 at Hastings Park in Vancouver.