When some people describe Vancouver's Pacific National Exhibition, they talk of deep fried treats, everything from pickles to cheesecake, and the rides — of which there are over 50 this year.

But those in charge of the annual fair say the heart of the PNE has always been the animals, and the livestock exhibits are sometimes the only real contact some city-dwellers have with life on the farm.

Click through the gallery above, or click on the video icon on the top-left to see more of the animals on-hand for the start of the fair.