The first CNE was in the year 1879, then called the "Toronto Industrial Exhibition", was first created in order to promote agriculture and technology. Arts and crafts were also sold, however, that was not the fiars main focus. Along the years the fair has changed and although agriculture and technology is still a major part the fair has grown to much more then that. In 1912 the name was changed the Canadian National Exhibition, in order to encompass all that was included. In 1945 and 1946 there was abrief period where the fair was no longer running to the fact that it was serving as a demobilization centre for soliders of World War II. In 1947, the fair resumed and once again attracted man visitors far and wide.
In modern day more than 1.3 million people visit the CNE each year.
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Crightonism: I first attended the Ex as a child in the company of my Godmother who saved her pennies for me to roll-up and spend on rides and treats. In my late 20's I was in a booth in the Arts and Crafts Building selling my artwork and enjoying the event for the full 20 days. After 15 years, I'd had enough of the Ex for a while. In the recent past I've gone down for the day to relive my youth and I enjoy that very much indeed.
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