In a bid to give fair-goers better value during tough times, Ottawa’s SuperEX is lowering its prices and upping its variety of entertainment when the event kicks off Aug. 20.

Prices will be $2 lower than last year, “but people are going to get a more exciting experience,” said exhibition manager Wayne Roy.

At Wednesday’s news conference, organizers announced the lineup of shows over SuperEX’s 11-day run at Lansdowne Park. In addition to concerts with headliner Bedouin Soundclash and Aaron Pritchett, there will be the Top Cop Academy High-Dive Show, and shows featuring jungle predators, birds of prey and endangered reptiles. Also returning are the midway rides, 4-H competitions, strolling performers, the 26th annual Stars on the Rise talent show and the recreation pavilion with demonstrations, a psychic fair and huge board games.


One of the main attractions at this year's SuperEX is the Xtreme Wild show, which features a 500-pound Bengal Tiger, an African lion, a jaguar, wolves and their natural prey, including reindeer, camels and zebras from the Bowmanville Zoo.

While there will be free admission until 5 p.m. on opening day, other days include two-for-one admission on Aug. 21 and 28; Organ Donor Awareness Day on Aug. 24; free admission for kids under 12 on Aug. 25; free seniors day on Aug. 26 and the apple pie contest on Aug. 27.

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