Big E exhibit salutes 1964-65 World’s Fair

Exhibit at Young Building provides a look back

Upon arrival at the fair, most visitors look for the highest vantage point to take in the vast panorama of the grounds in New York, May 12, 1964. While not the highest point, the roof of the Eastern Kodak Pavilion offers views in all directions and is one of the popular stops on the sightseeing tour. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  When Big E special events director J.J. Juliano learned that a friend had collected hundreds of items from the New York World’s Fair, Juliano made certain to borrow the collection for an exhibit at the Big E.

As a young child 50 years ago, Juliano went to the New York fair with his family.

“I was only six or seven years old, when I attended the fair. And It had a huge impact on me, and I remember a lot of a it today,” Juliano said.

Since the Big E opened on Friday, the World’s Fair exhibit in the Young Building has also been a Mecca for many who have fond memories from their visit to the World’s Fair in 1964 and 1965.

“Well one of the things; my wife was expecting and we found out about it that time,” Bob Stopbbel of Danbury, Connecticut said.

Karen Oko of Seymour, Connecticut told 22News about what she remembered the most from the fair.

“That’s the first thing I had to go and see. I remember ‘It’s a Small World,’ yes, it was nice,” Oko said.

One man at the exhibit made up for his disappointment over getting no closer to the 1964 World’s Fair than the entrance to the parking lot.

“She didn’t want to wait in that traffic and she drove right out and went back home,” Fred Oko, Sr. of Seymour, Connecticut said. He went on to praise the exhibit. “It’s fantastic they did a nice job.”

As part of the World Fair exhibit, The big E borrowed a 1965 Ford Mustang to put on display. The iconic American “pony car” made its debut at the World’s Fair.

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