In Toronto, the end of summer is often marked by a trip to The Canadian National Exhibition where folks descend on the CNE grounds for a genuine old-timey carnival experience.
On weeknights they let you in for five bucks after 5pm, so I went one evening by myself to draw. And also pick up some miniature Tiny Tom doughnuts, as per tradition.
There were lots of families there, giving their kids one last run before school starts.
I found this one booth quite fun to draw. It was a tossing game, and one of the carney girls looked really bored and kept messing about with one of the hula hoops. That made for some interesting posing.
Some of the carneys weren't as successful at luring in business. Many were on their iPhones or half asleep, so no wonder why!
Lots of couples come to the CNE, especially at night when the midway is all lit up and romantical-like.
There are some pretty giant stuffed animals to be won. This girl scored a huge blue Care Bear, but there were also Curious George and Angry Birds plushies available.
Not to mention a humongous rastafarian banana.
This guy was trying to sell a garlic grater to a mom and daughter. His buddy saw me drawing him and came over to make sure I wasn't stealing his brilliant ideas. Not so much, champ.
Man looks through the programme of events for the night while standing beside a stall for "THE COLOSSAL ONION!" which is obscenely large and comes with your choice of flavoured dip.
Give a man a water gun and he will annihilate those ghosts!
Never did find that deep fried butter. Shucks.
Ok back to school, kids. Keep up those sketchbooks!