Celebrate the Space Needle's 50th Anniversary Saturday

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by CHRISTIE JOHNSON / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 5 at 10:46 AM

The Space Needle is celebrating 50 years in Seattle. It was built for the 1962 World's Fair and instantly became an iconic symbol of the city.  Many people that were there describe the World's Fair as an electric time in the city.
 
"It was kind of like every night was New Year's Eve" said Louis Larsen, original special events director for the 1962 World's Fair.
 
Larsen stresses that the fair was not just about the city of Seattle but about the entire region. 
 
"Everybody in the Pacific Northwest benefited from it. A lot of people throughout the country had always wanted to visit the northwest but didn't have a good reason" said Larsen.
 
For many of the people that worked at the fair, this anniversary is a chance to catch up with old friends and re-visit memories.
 
"I'm reliving every day of it now" said Larsen.
 
A free exhibit called Remembering the Future, curated by MOHAI, is now open to the public seven days a week and features memorabilia from the 1962 World's Fair. It is located in the International Fountain Pavilion at Seattle Center.
 
A six month extravaganza will kick-off with a celebration on Saturday and festivities will include  bands, guest speakers, and rides up the Space Needle for just one dollar. For more information and exact times visit www.seattlecenter.com.
 

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