Expo \'74

- Imagine a large, exciting place where you are surrounded with people from all over the world. All you can see are towering buildings, and you feel the excitement of the people around you. But there is something wrong with this picture; it is in the middle of nowhere. It is located in a small town out in the desert: Spokane, Washington. You are part of the Expo \'74 - The Spokane World\'s Fair.
Now back to reality. Expo \'74 was held in Spokane, Washington from May 4 through November 3. The theme of this world\'s fair was "Celebrating a Fresh, New Environment," (http://pw2.netcom.com/mffuller/index.html). The fair\'s goal was to teach the world a

whole new ecology. The world\'s fair was special for two main reasons. The first reason was that it was the only U.S. fair of the Bi-centennial era. The second reason was that no other smaller city had ever hosted a world\'s fair (Collier\'s Year Book 1974. Page 609).

During the six months that it was open, over five million people poured into Spokane to visit the Expo. That is roughly 28 times the entire city\'s population! "Expo was the coolest place I\'d ever seen," says Mike Fuller, a visitor who studies and does research on world fairs such as the Spokane World\'s Fair.
"Expo was the coolest place I\'d ever seen!" - M. Fuller
The fair contained numerous rides and food booths. The rides were advertised as the best, state-of-the-art amusement parks, although it wasn\'t true, says Mike Fuller. The 21 rides were set up at the
last minute and organizers were very disappointed with them. The visitors didn\'t seem to care though. The Jet Star II roller coaster, made in Germany built at a cost of $500,000 (Internet: Expo \'74) was the star attraction. Eight cars went over 2,000 feet of track at about 55 miles-per-hour. The other must-ride was a $300,000 Ferris wheel made in Italy, with carts that could revolve around 360°.

The food was also a great hit. The hungry visitors chose from the foods of sixteen countries from around the world! Seven regular restaurants scattered throughout the fair featured cuisine from France, Russia, the Philippines, Japan, India, China, Belgium, and Den-mark, plus the traditional hamburgers and hot dogs. The souvenir shops included over 900 Expo \'74-related items like medals, jewelry, flight bags, stationery, ashtrays, spoons, balloons, books, and even one-ounce silver bars with the Expo logo:
The logo, the Mφbius Strip, named after the German mathematician and astronomer August Ferdinand Mφbius was chosen because of its unbroken loop. The green represented the earth, the blue the water, and the white the air. Lloyd Carlson, a Spokane artist, drew the logo (Internet: Expo \'74 - The Spokane World\'s Fair).
The Spokane World\'s Fair was a spectacular event which surprised many people who didn\'t think such a small town could hold such a large fair. It even amazed people who didn\'t go to the fair because all performances were simul-cast live by every radio station in Spokane! Some of the great performers that were at the fair were as famous as Harry Belafonte, Jack Benny, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Charles, The Carpenters, Bob Hope, and Diana Ross.
In the end, 5,187,826 people had visited Expo \'74. There is no doubt that Expo gave Spokane a boost - economists have estimated that the city and the surrounding area gained as much as $150 million.
 Garrett Wu