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06/27/2014 05:30 EDT | Updated 06/28/2014 01:59 EDT

The 11 Best Things About PNE/Playland

The Pacific National Exhibition and Playland define summer in Vancouver like nothing else. From the rides to the concerts to the food and the showroom of weird household inventions, the PNE/Playland is a maker of sticky cotton-candy memories.

Here are the 11 best things about the annual tradition:

  • Those delicious mini donuts
    Those delicious mini donuts
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    Enough said.
  • The smells!
    The smells!
    Namely of sauteed onions and hot dogs, and sweet, fresh juices. Mixed together. Somehow it's appetizing, alright?
  • The SuperDogs show
    The SuperDogs show
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    #NeverTooOld
  • The log ride on a hot day — which feels kinda like this:
    The log ride on a hot day — which feels kinda like this:
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
  • The wooden roller coaster
    The wooden roller coaster
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    And the terrifying way it creaks because it's. So. Old.
  • Checking out the prize home that you'll probably never win (and definitely never afford)
    Checking out the prize home that you'll probably never win (and definitely never afford)
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  • People watching
    People watching
    Because humans are the best entertainment!
  • FREE CONCERTS
    FREE CONCERTS
    This year, Joan Jett, Boyz II Men, and Leann Rimes are performing! BOO. YA.
  • The damn showroom, where you always walk out with some household gadget you never knew you needed
    The damn showroom, where you always walk out with some household gadget you never knew you needed
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    "How do I even use this?!"
  • Knowing you're part of an iconic tradition that dates back to 1910
    Knowing you're part of an iconic tradition that dates back to 1910
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    This photo was taken in the '70s! (Check out more of PNE's history here.)

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below.