The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE or the Ex for short), officially opens on Aug. 15 in Toronto.

>> the not-so scary rides

>> Eating all kinds of weird, fatty and fried foods in the Food Building

>> the classic carnival stuff

>> go to TINY TOM Donuts first

>> the $1 spaghetti

>> for the crapola: All the random crap and cheap deals you find during the warehouse sales.

>> the free concerts with names you may not have heard of

>> go to the “Guess your age and weight” booth right outside one of the entrances to the food building at the Canadian National Exhibition.

CNE: Sizing up visitors with an educated guess

>> the gasp-worthy acrobatics

>> the not-so-glamorous casinos that still manage to take all your money
>> Or the booths where you think you’re saving money by betting $1

>> for all the free samples you get walking around

>> see how pretty everything looks at night

>> working at the Ex was probably one of your first jobs … or your next job

>> the animals are entertaining (dog show, cat show, the farm)

>> for getting all kinds of coupons with your admission ticket

>> Knowing that when the CNE wraps up, you’ve had an awesome summer.

And, … back to real life.