“Jessie’s Girl” rocker Rick Springfield returns to the PNE this summer. (photo: rickspringfield.com)

PNE concerts to feature Springfield, ZZ Top, B-52s and others this summer

New to the 2017 fair is a large Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit

VANCOUVER — Rick Springfield, Mother Mother, ZZ Top and the Gipsy Kings are among concert highlights at this year’s Pacific National Exhibition.

The 2017 Fair at the PNE entertainment lineup, announced on Monday, also includes Chicago, Huey Lewis and the News, Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, The Doobie Brothers, the B-52s, Colin James, High Valley, Billy Currington and a two-night iHeartRadio Beach Ball (for which performers will be announced at a later date).

New to the PNE this year is a Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit at the Garden Auditorium, featuring 5,000 square feet of hockey-related artifacts, photos, video and more.

Also new to the fair is a Northern Light Sky “electric experience” display (nightly at 10:30 p.m.), a Toytopia retro games and toys showcase in the Rollerland building, and Xtreme Bugs, described as “an outdoor imaginative immersive experience” featuring 10 giant animatronic models and more than 100 static creatures.

Attractions returning to the PNE this summer include Craft Beer Fest (now also featuring local wineries), the PNE Prize Home, Kaleidoscope on Parade, the PNE Donut Dash fun run, Kidz Discovery Farm, Farm Country, the BCAA ToonCity, a Learn to Fish at the Fair pond, Dueling Pianos at the Celebration Plaza beer garden, the Presidents Choice SuperDogs and the Unbelievable magic show (nightly at the Pacific Coliseum).

The PNE this year runs from Aug. 19 to Sept. 4. The fair will be closed on the Mondays of Aug. 21 and Aug. 28.

For concert dates and more details about this year’s PNE, visit pne.ca/thefair.

tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com