The PNE says it’s the first time in its 105 years of being open it’s had to offer free admission on the final Sunday.
People will be able to enter from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 6th for no charge.
Last week’s weather has taken a toll on attendance.
PNE spokesperson Laura Ballance says it’s been a tough time for the vendors and workers at The Fair.
Not enough attendees means less work.
“We’ve been cutting shifts over these these last few days, sending people home. We’ve got a lot of young people telling us, ‘we need these shifts. We’re off to school next week.’ And it’s been hard.”
Since last week’s storm, The Fair hasn’t been able to recover momentum.
“We think we’re unbelievable entertainment value. We think we are the collective memory of this province. And we have so much support, and always have had from so many people in this province. But this is bigger than us this year. This is something that is – nobody anticipated.”
Ballance said they had a strong start, with more than 238,000 attending in the first five days.
The estimated attendance for that same period last year was about 216,000.