...And then I returned to Playland today, for one final ride on Coaster (before I refuse to pay more for it during the PNE), got all my Ice Ball tickets figured out for a future prize (I have 660 right now, that are good till the end of The Fair). and a few more photos of the PNE set up...before it opens on Saturday!
EDIT to add: I also rode my 53rd ride on Coaster this season (so far)! Which is great for me (and my system). But not quite #65 (my age), the number I'm actually aiming for, this season. I don't ride it during PNE (and I still have to pay to enter the PNE). So that leaves me two weekends after Labor Day weekend, and one Fright Night (x2) in October. So.... is this totally geeky or what???
The Concert Series, during The Fair, advertised at the Playland gate.
And speaking of POPnology... more information on the exhibit.
For the track nerds.
Purple train running...
...with a couple of TPR people in the back! They're from Vancouver Island.
Even on signs, we're so polite!
Oops. <blush> Not Oktoberfest, but a CUCKOO HAUS!
Lights were being run on these flats, but not available to ride today.
Totchos! And now we know.
Hope it's open by Saturday.
Still smoky and hazy, but a bit lighter today. Truth!
You can see a mountain or two, today. But not much more.
New Westminster in the hazy distance.
Celebration Plaza. Big drinking tent, and Rib Fest here with a few flat rides.
Lots of food trucks and stalls line up this long pathway.
The mini Starflyer is now up.
Entrance to the Concert Series for reserved seat ticket holders.
The Haunted House ride is almost put together.
Big bags of prizes down there!
Ah, my (soon to be) "Home Away From Home" during the PNE.
Meanwhile. Here's hoping it's running by Saturday. (o:
I did a basic walk through of The Fair earlier today, checking to see what's what and what's where, etc. Had myself a not-that-cheap beer in the Celebration Plaza Beer Garden. And started my Corn Dog Challenge, with my first corn dog at Coaster Dogs, up by the entrance to Playland.
Here we go!
Marketplace - where everything you don't need, can be bought here. (o;
Lots of stuff past these trees.
The PNE Map.
There be Dragons in here! I'm going to check that out in a week or so.
Lots more stuff you don't need, outside as well.
Noted. And the Beer Fest beyond these gardens is no more, as the PNE is selling booze everywhere now!
The "Win A House!" house. I shall tour it another day.
Where POPnology is.
This I definitely want to take in, eventually.
But - not this. Unless they're jousting too. (o;
Best chicken and fries at The Fair, IMhO.
Where the farm meets the city.
Celebration Plaza, with it's Beer Garden, a few rides...
...and the annual Ribs Fest! Three are here for us to enjoy.
The "Dole Whip" stands are also selling "Charcoal Swirl." Hmmm, interesting.
Going to check this out, on another visit.
My beer and my wristband I must wear in the Beer Garden.
View from where I'm sitting. (To Be Continued...)
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^ I totally agree. But for the most part, 85% of what's in the stalls and trucks, I can find on my own in the city even when the PNE is going, like now. And a lot cheaper, usually. But that's my perk to living close by.
So I really try and look for truly unusual foods there. Aside from that, I am on a fixed income, and I can only afford so much "PNE food." So for this year, I am doing this Corn Dog Challenge, which will only cost me $5-8 per basic corn dog. And I have the refill popcorn jug and refill drink container, which = $2 total! So for the first week or so of this Fair, I am being thrifty in my food and booze buying, till the following week, when a bit more $$$ comes in (yay). And then I go PNE FOOD CRAZY, bwah ah ah!
For the Challenge, I have so far found four places that sell the corned dog. The first I tried yesterday, at Coaster Dogs, by Coaster itself. "And It was Good..." And I have found three more spots that advertise The C.Dog. Two of them are photographed below (and will be patronized at least once during The Fair). The fourth I know where it is, but haven't photographed it...yet.
EDIT: I did photograph the fourth darned place... at last year's PNE. So, here it is....Coco's!
Corn Dog King ~ Near the front (west end) of The Fair.
Chickys Chicken & Fries ~ Down the "Walkway of Food" (heading east). (o;
Coco's ~ Right opposite (sort of) The POPnology Exhibit. Will check both both of these on Tuesday. (o:
EDIT to add a 5th Corn Dog spot: $4 each, but half the size of...
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PNE's Gi-normous Green Space: Hastings Community Park & The Sanctuary
Today, I went to The Fair, with the intention of only doing two things: visiting the POPnology Exhibit, and then getting myself my second corn dog. At Coco's, up by POPnology and the Coliseum where both the big annual Superdogs Show happens, as well as the new Action Sports World Tour show. I may take in the Sport show later, as I have already seen the Superdogs show two times in past years. With that, all that really changes is the theme and sets/props. Fun for the family, though.
But before I did all that, I started at the Playland entrance to the Fair, and checked out what I could still get with my Ice Ball tickets. Fortunately, something I had my eyes on before, only had "one of them" left! Lucky me. So I played a few games, racked up some more tickets, and got my prize (to be shown later).
And then, after that, I headed back up to the front of The Fair, but bypassing all of the noise and food trucks/stalls, the many many people...and took a nice leisurely stroll through the area of the PNE, the city took back and made into Green Space...
A LOT OF GREEN SPACE. Walking through the Hastings Community Park, it's really amazing how little you hear the sounds of The Fair, while walking around the man-made pond, called The Sanctuary, there.
Today's entryway, into The PNE.
Got my Ice Ball prizes, and then started moving through Playland.
Red train running today.
Heading down thisaways...
Rainbow flags, yay!
Mists of The Zone. Loved these stall misters you could just walk through.
Normally, I could go this way, back into the main walkway of The Fair...
...but instead, I turned left, to go this way.
And arrived at The Sanctuary.
Other things to note.
Looking from the bridge.
So, where's the crowds?
All of the above, led to this 'boardwalk' walkway.
Nature Info. Board.
Reeds 'R Us.
Hmmm. The Momiji Japanese Garden I will visit another time.
Here I am.
PNE people are over there, see?
I took the right pathway.
My exit out of the park.
But - one more pic of the pond, taken from the other side of it.
Everything that happens in technology can often be determined by pop culture in all it's forms. This exhibit shows a lot of what the world has come up with, in high tech and literally beyond. There's a lot to read for information, in this exhibit. But for the most part, there is a lot of stuff for the kids to enjoy and play with. As it should be.
Before I went into the Rollerland Bldg, I decided to have my next corn dog beforehand. Now, I realize that to do a really "professional" Corn Dog Challenge, I should be buying all the corn dogs at once, and then eat and compare. Unfortunately, my stomach and probably my wallet) couldn't take that much in hot dogs, corn bread batter...and mustard, lol. But one at a time will work for me. And Coco's was definitely a winner. The corn bread was thicker around the hot dog. And it just made the dog taste that much.....cornier!
So after two corn dogs tested, it's Coco's ahead of Coaster Dogs. For now.
What's this? What's this?
Awesome! We enjoyed last year's display, so we will definitely check it out in 2019.
My $2 refill of root beer, I get here. Sadly, a lot of the drinks stands aren't supplying ice.
Then there's those sugar-lovin' bees to put up with. They don't hurt people. They just want the sweet stuff!
With a coupon, the corned dog was $5. Normally it's $6. A dollar saved IS a dollar saved. (o;
How to carry a corn dog with the condiments.
Nice thick and sweet corn bread batter around a very cooked hot dog. I enjoyed this one a lot. And this sort of makes me a liar, when I said before "I enjoy more hot dog than batter." Whatever. It was excellent. (o:
Other families taking a break.
Where to go...
A very serious history account of the Rollerland Bldg. and it's (then) useage.
Here we are!
Baxter was on a rest break.
Cupboards of whatnots and gadgets from the past and present.
Disney shout out!
The green mini-game on the middle shelf is a mini-Frogger game. And I still have the Q-Bert mini-game. It still works too, after a few decades! (o:
Books, books, books. And Disneyland's retro House of The Future there! (To be continued...)
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^ Most welcome, Bert! I do what I can to make the PNE interesting, as they work hard to make sure the gp come back again and again.
And now......~ Street Of Dreams ~
Cars trucks cars...and more cars! I took photos of every customized car and truck there. So this posting will be in several parts, to be sure.
And I got my third corn dog to enjoy, at Chicky's Chicken & Fries (I want to say "Chicky & Pete's" but that's another franchise <smile>). This one was another good one, especially for the corn bread batter around the dog. So to put them in preferred order, for now....
Coco's Chicky's Coaster Dogs
And I found a fifth spot that sells corn dogs! But on closer inspection....well....you'll see what I mean by "appetizer-like."
I guess Tim Horton's is a Big Sponsor of The Fair, today.
Past the GI-normous coffee cup, I am heading thataways. Towards the Coliseum Entry of The Fair.
This is where the Beer Festival used to be. What they are doing, I had no idea, and I didn't ask.
Part of the Italian Gardens.
Pretty PNE themed fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo.
Some interesting things to get 'dipped,' there.
Here we go.
...a shout out to our Canadian Armed Forces, also on display at The Fair.
First of the bunch.
I forgot to take a pic of this jaguar's sign. My bad.
What a gorgeous combo!
The car, yeah, sure....
I LOVE the Trailer!
Here's lookin' at me! More to come!
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