August 16, 2013 12:06 pm

Canadian National Exhibition officially opens today

WATCH: The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) kicks off its 135th year. Mark Carcasole reports. 

TORONTO – Cronuts, deep-fried food and ziplines highlighted the launch of the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto Friday.

Founded in 1879 as the Toronto Industrial Exhibition, the CNE is billed by organizers as Canada’s largest annual community event which runs through Labour Day.

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Premier Kathleen Wynne was among those on hand this morning for the fair’s official opening ceremonies.

Last year, the C-N-E attracted 1.39 million people over 18 days, a 13 per cent increase in paid attendance over 2011.

WATCH: What’s your favourite memory of the Canadian National Exhibition?  Carey Marsden reports. 

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