| The exhibit, "When the World Came to Knoxville
25 Years Ago," will be at the East Tennessee History Center downtown
and will run from May 29 until Sept. 9.
The center will display a separate exhibit of memorabilia at World's
Fair Park on July 4th.
The World's Fair Celebration will be held in conjunction with
the city's annual Festival on the Fourth, which is also held in
World's Fair Park.
"People were already coming for the Festival on the Fourth
so this seemed like a good time to do it," Haslam said.
The event will also feature the return of the restored Rubik's
Cube to the Fair site where it once graced the Hungarian Pavilion.
The East Tennessee Historical Society is repairing the giant replica
of the puzzle, which was a wildly popular toy at the time of the
The Rubik's Cube is one of the few surviving icons from the Fair.
The Fair was built on what had been a railroad yard and a rundown
area bordering on the University of Tennessee and Fort Sanders.
Other surviving structures include The Sunsphere and the Tennessee
Amphitheater, both of which are being renovated by the city.
The Foundry, an old 19th century factory that became the popular
Strohaus during the World's Fair, also remains at the site.
The more than 20 international pavilions, including the Chinese,
United States and Australian Pavilions are long gone.
Today World's Fair Park is just that, a city park that is home
to numerous events and shows.
But Haslam said the Fair brought the world to Knoxville - and Knoxville
to the world - for six months that year and both enjoyed and benefited
from the exposure.
"It left a legacy of joy for a lot of people," he said,
"even if most of the places that were here then only exist
in their hearts now."
The July 4th event will begin at 2 p.m. rather than the usual 4
p.m. starting time for the Festival on the Fourth.