The Pacific National Exhibition won’t be changing dates for the annual Fair in 2017.
PNE spokesperson Laura Ballance says after a lot of thought and consultation, the dates for the Fair at the PNE will stay the same as previous years, with the traditional 17-day window ending on Labour Day.
After some dreary weather last year, Ballance had told CKNW there was consideration of moving the Fair to late July, in the hopes there would be more consistent dry and warm weather.
Despite public polling showing support for the idea of shifting dates, the Ballance says feedback from partners and staffing availability indicated it was better to stay within the current dates.
“When we look at staffing challenges in July versus August, when we look at all those factors and the dependence that so many families have on the Fair, we could not move ahead with changing the dates. The risk of that would jeopardize our ability to be 100% self-sustaining.”
She says the end of August remains the ideal date for the Fair.
“The best place is to stay where we are for the foreseeable future.”
Ballance says Vancouver’s unpredictable weather was the biggest factor in the decision.
“I think it would be a different decision if we were guaranteed two weeks of sunshine at the end of July, but we’re not. We have to factor in traditional weather patterns, and changing weather patterns.”
She also says getting rained out remains a concern at any time of the year.
“We do believe that we are better weather insulated, although there is no time in the year in Vancouver where you’re 100% guaranteed to run into good weather.”
The PNE adds it will revisit the idea if some of those hurdles are removed, but for this year the dates will remain the same.