About This Site

Financial scandals and UT National Championships aside, the 1982 World’s Fair was the biggest thing to happen to Knoxville in the 20th Century and deserves to be remembered and honored by the city and all that visited and participated.

My hope is that this website will provide a rallying point, a reference site and an inspiration to those who lived her in Knoxville in 1982 and found the World’s Fair something of value. Something to be remembered and cherished and viewed with affection and appreciation.

Not only did the world come to our door in 1982, so did our neighbors and friends.  And as such we made new friends and created many, many new memories.  I know there are plenty of opportunities out there to plan a celebration on May 1, 2007 to rival no other in the last 25 years in Knoxville – all we need is you!

Tell your friends, tell your City Councilmen and County Commissioners.  Tell your mayor(s).  And not just in Knoxville/Knox County – the World’s Fair belonged to all of East Tennessee, the Southeast, the whole U.S.A. and the world.  Tell them all, and let’s remember.

You’ve got to be there!


19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chris King  |  December 29, 2006 at 3:41 am


    I wanted to touch base with you and see if you would be interested in linking up your blog with out World’s Fair site. Your blog is full of good content and photos and we would love link the two entities together.

    Let us know if your intersted.



    • 2. Rachel Randolph  |  June 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm

      I’d really like to know where I can get a 1982 World’s Fair t-shirt. http://www.1982worldsfair.com doesn’t appear to be up and running any longer so if someone could tell where I could find this information I’d greatly appreciate it.

  • 3. Stephen Rader  |  June 7, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Great site! I was born in Knoxville and actually sold World’s Fair maps at the park during 1982 – – when I was 12! 🙂

    I love the pictures. Please post more if you have them. They are wonderful!

  • 4. Milan  |  July 1, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Hey, I played (Binovec Orchestra) in the Strohause (Strohs beers) nightly(My band was from Montreal, Canada). I am very interested in participating in any reunion plans underway. Who is the lead person to contact ?

  • 5. Patty Leach  |  October 12, 2007 at 1:40 am

    I also visited the World’s Fair in 1982 when I was 14 yrs. old. My father is from Knoxville and we lived in West Palm Beach, FL at the time. We made the trip up here and I remember the carnival ride area the most. My parents left me in there in charge of the littler kids while they went to the ‘beer tent’.

    We now live in Lenoir City and I have wanted to take my kids to see the sunsphere for a long time. I have heard it is reopened. Is this true? I have a home school group that I set up field trips for and would love to arrange one to the sunsphere! Can you give me any information or a contact phone number? I sure would appreciate any help in this matter.

    Patty Leach
    988-5800 home
    604-2070 cell

  • 6. Barry  |  October 12, 2007 at 8:49 am

    Yes, the Sunsphere is open for visiting – I don’t know the exact hours but generally it’s open most of the day during the week. Not sure on the weekends.

    It’s open to the public, so anyone or any group can just ride on up. I don’t think there’s any kind of admission charge.

    Pretty soon they’ll be putting a restaurant back up there, which will be cool.

  • 7. Steve  |  January 18, 2009 at 11:12 am

    I attended the fair and had a great time. Years later I developed an interest in arcade game collecting and acquired a special edition of the atari game battlezone. I was surprised and intrigued to find 1982 expo tokens inside the cabinet in places unseen for many years. This explained the unusual version of this game which has side art, when no other compact version of this game has been found to have art.
    I’m hoping someone out there has photos of the expo gameroom and with luck this game will be in one of them.


    • 8. Barry  |  January 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm


      I wish I had photos of that arcade, as I spent not a few hours there myself as a teenager 😉 I remember discovering Tempest there as well as Make Traxx, Ms Pac Man, StarGate and several other long-time favorites. I never was a big fan of Battlezone, though interestingly it’s now part of my son’s Nintendo DS Atari Classic game cartridge, along with Dig Dug and some others.

      I’ll be sure and check out your site – what I wouldn’t give to have an old StarGate or Tempest in my house 😉


  • 9. Michael Tim  |  February 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I love your site!

    Experiencing a slow PC recently? Fix it now!

  • 10. Poseidon Burke  |  July 2, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Poseidon Burke is my pen name.

    I am an Australian who worked at the Australian Pavilion at the Worlds Fair.

    I would love to make contact with anyone who worked at the Fair.
    I look forward to the opportunity to revisit Knoxville and see how things have changed.

    Best wishes


  • 11. Poseidon Burke  |  July 2, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Ive got an album full of photos of the fair which when converted to digital will be less than ideal but let me know if you want me to send some over

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  • 14. Pavilion attendant  |  May 14, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    We did have a reunion in Melbourne which was well attended for those representing Australia at the Worlds Fair. Not much had changed – more grey hair, weight and plenty or marriages, divorces and children.

  • 15. Jake  |  June 5, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Right after all these years I had been carrying out this workout pondering it
    was going to whip me in shape, wow!

  • 16. Scott Evanskey  |  May 28, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Hi I just stumbled across your site and would love to know if you have information about the performers that were at the Fair. I don’t remember the exact dates I was there but it was probably June or July and I have a few pictures. My sister was pulled from the audience to sing with some lady who I think was a country star back then. Any help would be great. 🙂


  • 17. Barry Wallace  |  May 28, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Scott, I’ll be happy to see if I can find out anything. I probably have some old performance schedules with my memorabilia stash 🙂 Any possible pictures you can post, meanwhile, would be fantastic!

    The woman in the picture looks really familiar. Can’t place her, though.

    Would you happen to have any pictures/video/audio of the FedEx Pavilion? That’s my “Golden Goose” that I would love to have tangible rememberences of…


  • 18. Scott Evanskey  |  May 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Sadly no video. The parents didn’t want to invest in the video equipment back then but I do have more pics. I can include some here. However my sister has the other prints and will eventually get those scanned.Here’s a few more I have posted

    Family of the Future


    Scott tired from a long day. I love this one because I have my World’s Fair t-shirt, my World’s Fair coke cup and brochure/guide.
    1982-08 - World's Fair - Scott's exhausting day

    I’m including my Flickr album link where I have a few more pictures posted from that summer.

  • 19. DJ  |  September 17, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    I thought I was the only one in the world searching for images and history of the FedEx Pavilion. We must mount an expedition. We must uncover archaeological relics. We must raise funds for a documentary.


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