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    Posted April 26, 2014 by
    Knoxville, Tennessee
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    1982 World's Fair Sunsphere


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Ryn says she and her family had season passes for the World's Fair years ago. 'It was pretty special as Knoxville was once called the "Scruffy City" and we were very proud of hosting the World's Fair,' she said. In her iReport she compares photos she took of the World's Fair back in 1982 to images she captured in 2010. 'I wanted to show how the fair looked then and now in the first photo,' she added.
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    The theme of the 1982 Worlds Fair in Knoxville, also known as the Tennessee International Energy Exposition was "Energy Turns the World".
    The Sunsphere held a full service restaurant and was also an observation deck  for the fair.
    The Expo ran from May until the end of October 31 1982.
    The Sunsphere and the Tennessee Amphitheater are the only structures that remain from the 1982 World's Fair. After several openings and closings the Amphitheater and the Sunsphere were renovated in 2007. The Fair grounds are used as a huge city park. Many festivals and events are held each year. As far as I know the Sunsphere is still in use with a restaurant, different business's and office's on the remaining floors.
    It is a beacon to downtown Knoxville. You know you have arrived when you see the Sunsphere in the distance.


    Photography Janie Lambert
    April and July 2010

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