North American Midway Entertainment provided 65 rides for CNE’s midway.

When the board of directors of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto met in late October, GM David Bednar had two important pieces of news: the fair had its best attendance in 10 years, up more than 5 percent over 2013, and that after 16 years as head of the event, he will retire in the spring.

Attendance at the Aug.15-Sept.1 fair was 1.43 million, compared to1,359,000 in 2013.

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