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City Announces Centennial Conservation Expo for October

Has anyone ever told you that you look like Teddy Roosevelt? How about if you added a mustache and spectacles?

Centennial Conservation ExpoAs part of the Centennial Conservation Expo, the City of Knoxville is hosting a Theodore Roosevelt lookalike contest. The contest is open to men, women, children and family pets. A physical resemblance to our 26th president might help, but entries will also be judged on creativity, costuming and generally capturing the exuberant spirit of the man who once chased Badlands boat thieves down the ice-jammed Little Missouri River.

The winner and two runners-up will be selected by Kermit Roosevelt III, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Pennsylvania and the great-great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt. The winner will also be formally recognized at the Centennial Conservation Expo on Saturday, Oct. 12th, at Knoxville's Chilhowee Park.

Teddy Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
Photo from the Library of Congress
Entries should be submitted via digital photo to conservationexpo@cityofknoxville.org, with the subject line, "Roosevelt Contest." Photos should be no larger than 5 MB, and please do not submit more than two photos with each entry. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept. 27th. You do not need to be a resident of the City of Knoxville to enter, but employees of the City and members of their households are not eligible.

The winner will receive a paperback set of Edmund Morris' Pulitzer Prize-winning three-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt.

The Centennial Conservation Expo marks the 100th anniversary of the National Conservation Exposition of 1913, also held at Chilhowee Park. This year's event will celebrate the past 100 years of conservation in Knoxville and East Tennessee, and look ahead to the next 100 years. It will feature historical and educational displays, music and other entertainment, children's activities, talks and multi-media presentations on conservation, energy and sustainability, and more!

Teddy Roosevelt in Knoxville in 1910
Theodore Roosevelt visited the 1910 Appalachian Exposition at Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, two years after leaving office as president. Even out of office, he was one of the most popular public figures of his day.
Photo from the McClung Historical Collection
Theodore Roosevelt came to Knoxville for the Appalachian Exposition of 1910, and his Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot, headed up the advisory board for the 1913 Exposition.

So send us your bull-moose best! Pay tribute to Knoxville history and to the president who said, standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon, "Here is your country! Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children."

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