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100 years of the PNE

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

August 26, 2010 — Looking for a way to soak up what's left of summer? The PNE in Vancouver is celebrating its' 100th year!

Forecast for the PNE
Forecast for the PNE

It's an event synonymous with the “end of summer” and “back to school.” But this year, the Pacific National Exhibition is celebrating something else: 100 years of fun.

In 1910, the event started out as an agricultural and industrial showcase. Today, the PNE features rides, games, concerts and exhibits. Of course, one of the biggest topics of discussions at the fair is always the weather.

“In the lower mainland any time of year you're very, very susceptible to weather,” says Laura Ballance of the PNE. “Being an outdoor event, we fall at the extreme both sides. Rain obviously has a dramatic effect on our attendance. So does too much sun.”

Today, we're looking at a risk of thunderstorms in Vancouver, followed by some rain showers on Friday. Still, conditions are looking good for the last weekend of August.

Check out the rides, games and concerts!
Check out the rides, games and concerts!

“Overall, it's going to be a sunny and dry couple of days,” says Michelle Cassar, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Temperatures will be seasonal. There's a slight risk of showers on Sunday.”

Rain or shine, organizers at the PNE say they are ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at them.

“Weather is the one thing you can't control, so we try to program as much as we can,” says Ballance. “We plan for three or four days of rain and we cross our fingers and hope it's not falling on our key days.”

For more forecast details where you are, click our British Columbia Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where your local forecast comes up every ten minutes on the tens.

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