The CNE 2014 officially opened its gates to the public Friday morning and crowds wasted no time getting in line for the rides, food and games.
“We are very excited, very happy to be here,” Dmitry Miropolsky, father of the CNE “first family” said as he geared-up to head inside.
The Miropolsky family is from Thornhill and won a spot to be the first family in a radio contest. They called themselves a family of thrill-seekers who are excited to get on every ride.
“I’m also looking forward to the food and the small donuts,” 16-year-old Nicole Miropolsky said.
Famous Tiny Tom’s donuts already had a line-up shortly after noon with all ages ready for a bag of warm, doughy sweetness.
Mayor Rob Ford — who had been at the opening ceremony along with several other mayoral candidates — joked about his love for the unique and interesting food at the CNE.
“I can assure you I have not missed too many of those food choices,” he said.
The food building was packed the entire day and delicious scents wafted out the doors.
As always there were unique choices such as Hula Girl’s butter coffee, the Crowbar (a buttery croissant baked with a chocolate bar) and liquid nitrogen sorbet and gelato from Eative.
Screams from the Zipline and the Mega Drop could be heard as you walked through the park, along with the familiar sounds of the midway’s rides and games.
“I’m most interested in the games and the dog show,” said eight-year-old Isabella Massone who had come out for the day with her family.
“I’m interested in getting my picture taken with the rabbit,” her six-year-old sister, Cristina, shouted.
There is definitely something for everyone at the CNE 2014.
The Exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight and gates close at 10 p.m. It will run through Labour Day, Sept. 1.