By the Numbers: Triumphant Return of PNE Fair!
British Columbia’s most beloved and well-attended tradition came to a close Monday evening as the 112th year of the PNE Fair wrapped up after 15 days of creating memories with 6 sold out Amphitheatre concerts 12 days of sold-out ride passes drawing more than 529,770 guests who attended from August 20th to September 5th.
2022 Fair Attendance Tops 529,000
The 2022 Fair at the PNE included 75% of the total pre-COVID Fair footprint with an attendance goal 525,000 (75% of the pre-COVID attendance targets of 700,000 guests). In total, the 2022 Fair remains British Columbia’s largest ticketed event, with this year’s attendance of 529,772 (2021 Fair attendance: 239,000, 2019 Fair attendance: 730,000).
Programming Well Received by Fairgoers
PNE PRIZE HOME TO BE DRAWN SEPTEMBER 12TH
2022 PNE FAIR BY THE NUMBERSENTERTAINMENT 1326 – number of local performers sharing their talents in Cultural Showcase 60 – years of the Sounds of Summer with The Beach Boys 1st – ever Stars of Drag, an all-ages drag show feature extravaganza 1,100 – number of hours of rehearsal for PNE shows by cast members 26 – headline artists and bands performed on 2 stages at the Fair 45th – anniversary of the SuperDogs 82 – feet, highest diving plank in the High Dive show 10 – feet, depth of water in the High Dive tank 45 – number of bananas eaten in Action Austin show FOOD 66,000 – lemons used for PNE lemonade 355,000 – mini donuts sold by Fundunkers mini donut stand 30,000 – pounds of potatoes used in the Unroutine Poutine stand 14,000 – number of Triple O burgers sold at the Fair 26,000 – number of chicken strips sold at the Triple O stand 29,000 – number of candy floss sold in Playland 4,000 – number of pieces of Bannock sold in the Jerky Girls booth in the Canoe Cultures exhibit 500 – jars of blueberry lavender jam were sold at the Tradish booth in the Canoe Cultures exhibit MIDWAY GAMES 157,000 – moles whacked at Whac-A-Mole 140,000 seconds (2333 mins) – time players hung on the bar at the Hang Time game 12,500 – cans kicked over at the soccer game 66,200 – balloons popped at midway balloon pop game 300,000+ – number of prizes awarded on the midway during the Fair AGRICULTURE 330 – total participants in the 4-H Festival 75 – members who participated in the 4-H auction $262,000 – total sales for the 4-H auction 214 – number of chicks born at The Fair 150 – number of pounds gained by the piglets during the Fair 15 – 30-yard dumpster loads of dung taken away from the livestock barns 260 – number of bales of hay eaten by the animals during the Fair 525 – number of animals on display at the Fair 65,000 – archery bows shot 5,400 – number of feet pedaled in the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull 2,080 – amount of cubic feet of shavings used for animals to sleep on 51 – number of dump trucks of dirt used for the arena footing in the Agrodome PNE PRIZE HOME 35,000 – Fairgoers who visited the Prize Home display $2.4 million – value of the Prize Home Grand Prize package 500 – average number of times per day a PNE Prize Home ticket seller calls out “Win a house, Win a car” 88 – years of the PNE Prize Home – the oldest charitable lottery in BC GENERAL FAIR 2,625 – number of rolls of toilet paper given away at the Metro Vancouver exhibit 3,300 – number of on-site parking spots 13,000+ – frames of PNE images taken by the PNE photography team 75% – size of Fair footprint of the 2022 Fair versus traditional Fair footprint
“This year signified the return to a more traditional Fair and we were thrilled with guest response,” says President and CEO Shelley Frost. “As we transitioned from a COVID protocol restricted Fair in 2021 to this years’ expanded Fair we kept in place date specific ticketing and a reduced footprint at about 75% the size of a normal Fair. This allowed us to better manage guest experience, more effectively manage resources and staffing each day and minimize community impact. Although we understand that the public evaluates Fair success by attendance numbers, COVID has taught us that bigger is not always better. With this smaller Fair, we had an overwhelmingly positive and financially successful Fair.”