1982 World’s Fair Exhibit featured at Farragut Museum

  • Lynn Miller and her children, Owen and Hope, visited the new 40th Anniversary Worlds Fair Exhibit in Farragut Museum.

  • World’s Fair commemorative plate.

Farragut’s Museum is joining in the region’s celebration of Knoxville’s 1982 World’s Fair’s 40th Anniversary with a new exhibit unveiled Saturday, July 23.

“We have a lot of items in our permanent collection from the Fair, and have also had more items loaned to us by our volunteers,” said Julia Barham, Town Historic Resources coordinator.

Displayed items include a selection of beer cans, tickets, pins, glasses, programs and hats from various World’s Fair exhibits and more.

Lynn Miller of Loudon brought her children, Owen and Hope, to the exhibit’s Saturday kick-off.

“I had visited the Fair as a 4-year-old,” Miller recalled, noting her family had traveled from Illinois for the event.

“(The memory) certainly holds a special place in my heart,” she added.

As the 1982 World Fair introduced the chili and corn chip creation, Petro’s, the unique food item was served Saturday as part of the festivities, and Miller and her children were among those enjoying the treat.

Children’s coloring sheets, featuring World’s Fair themes, also were distributed, and those already colored are part of the display, Barham said.

If wishing to visit Farragut Museum is located in Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive.

Normal operating hours for the Museum are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Barham said the new exhibit will remain in the Museum through the end of the calendar year.