The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is an 18-day fair taking place every August concluding on Labour Day. Throughout the course of its 130 year history, the CNE has grown to be the largest annual fair in Canada and the fourth largest in North America attracting approximately 1.3 million visitors each year.
On Monday, December 15, 2008 a leading industry web site: Matt’s Carnival Warehouse named the Canadian National Exhibtion as the fourth largest fair in North America. Previously the fifth place contender, the CNE moved above the Los Angeles County Fair to win the fourth place spot. Based on overall annual attendance, the largest fair in North America is The Texas State Fair (2 million visitors) in Dallas; followed by the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (1.8 million); the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul (1.6 million); the Canadian National Exhibition (1.31 million) and the Los Angeles State Fair in Pomona (1.3 million)
The Canadian National Exhibition takes place on 192 acres of Exhibition Place in Toronto. The CNE’s roots are in agriculture and this continues to be a strong component of the Fair which features a working farm and the Horse Show. Over time, the CNE has grown to include the highest level of Canadian and international performers.