1982 World's Fair
The 1982 World's Fair
was held in Knoxville
in the United States
. It opened on May 1, 1982
and closed on October 31, 1982 after receiving over 11 million visitors. With the theme of "Energy Turns the World," the fair was built on an abandoned railroad yard next to downtown Knoxville and the University of Tennessee
The Sunsphere, a 266-foot steel tower topped with a five-story bronze globe, was built for the 1982 World's Fair. It is still standing and remains a symbol for the city of Knoxville.
The fair, run by the Knoxville International Energy Exposition, was widely considered to be a failure because of the lack of follow-on development and the bankruptcy of several local banks because of World's Fair-related debt. The fact that this Fair has been largely forgotten even by residents of East Tennessee was spoofed in an episode of The Simpsons, in which Bart and Milhouse take an ill-fated trip to Knoxville under the belief that the World's Fair is still taking place.