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World's Fair? What World's Fair?

2010. 24 July

by Janet Brindle Reddick
( The other day, I saw a neat picture of the World Expo that’s going on in Shanghai, and it then led me to look at the event’s fascinating website. It occurred to me that I hadn’t heard anyone I knew talking about it. I mentioned it on the blog when it started a couple of months ago. So I started asking around.

“Did you know that there’s a World’s Fair going on right now?”

Almost nobody I knew had any idea that Expo 2010 was going on in Shanghai China right now. I can’t recall a single television commercial, print ad, billboard, Facebook post or Twitter feed that has even mentioned it.

Yet this event, that runs from May 1 to Oct. 31 is supposedly the largest and most expensive in the history of the world’s fairs, and had nearly 200 countries represented. As of July 24, 32,137,600 have visited, with half a million people visiting on Saturday alone.

Some media are reporting that lines to get in to the most popular attractions have been in excess of four hours. It’s just amazing. Now, I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to get to Shanghai right now. If you can’t go either, but you might like to see what all the fuss is about, the website makes you realize just how big it really is – and you can take a virtual tour of some parts. Here’s a link to the USA Pavilion.

The next one will be in 2012 in South Korea, and then in 2015 in Milan. The last one in the United States was held in 1984 in New Orleans.