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50th anniversary display of 1964 - 1965 New York World's Fair items was one of the highlights of this year's Big E

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I don't know about you folks. But weekends here are all about getting away. Even if it's just for a little while. Turning off my laptop & pushing back from my desk. Getting out of the house for even a few hours with the hope that a temporary change of venue might help Nancy & I recharge our batteries.

Take -- for example -- last weekend. When we hopped in the car and drove on down to Massachusetts to catch the last day of the Big E.


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For those of you who don't know: The Big E is the largest state fair in the Northeast. People from all six of the New England states journey to the Eastern States Exposition (which is this 175 acre complex in West Springfield, MA) for 17 days of food & fun.


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Food is really a huge part of why people return to the Big E year after year. I mean, where else can you get regional favorites like baked Maine potatoes and/or a piece of hot apple pie with a thick slice of sharp Vermont cheddar on top within just a few feet of one another?


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And -- of course -- this being a state fair and all, the Big E had its stunt foods. Those things that sound pretty bizarre but you still have to try. Like the item pictured below: deep fried shepherd's pie. Which was surprisingly tasty in a weird sort of way.


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Ah, but it's not just those Big E Cream Puffs which compelled 1,498,605 people to come tour the fairgrounds at the Eastern States Exposition this year.


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Though I won't lie to you. Those cream puffs were pretty good.


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Nor was it that 600 pound butter sculpture which got all those turnstiles spinning.


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No, strange as it may seem, the big draw at the Big E this year wasn't the midway.


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But -- rather -- a display that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1964 - 1965 New York World's Fair.


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This impressive display (which was housed in the Young pavilion) featured more than 250 pieces of World's Fair artifacts & souvenirs from the collection of Mike Jacobson.


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And Mike's collection really did touch on all aspects of the 1964 - 1965 New York World's Fair. Everything from the special souvenir toys that people bought back then ...


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... to the silly hats they wore as they wandered around Flushing Meadow.


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Mr. Jacobson even managed to find some of the bags that were created especially for the Fair.


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To be honest, it would be hard to identify the most popular item on display here. It might have been that scale model of the Ford Pavilion.


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Or it could have possibly been that working version of the Mold-A-Rama machine ...


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... which allowed Big E attendees to make their very replica of the souvenirs that used to be available for purchase at Sinclair Dinoland at the 1964 - 1965 New York World's Fair.


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Looking at all these very cool collectibles that were on display, it made me wish that I had my very own official 1964 - 1964 New York World's Fair Kodak camera to collect all these images.


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But since I didn't, I had to record what I was seeing with my very own eyes. Which would have looked cool in these official 1964 - 1965 New York World's Fair souvenir eye glasses.


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As you might expect, one of the big draws at this display were the Disney-related items. Paper goods which celebrated GE's pavilion at the 1964 - 1965 New York World's Fair, Progressland.


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Not to mention Pepsi Cola's "it's a small world" ride.


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I have to admit that I had never seen any of the official souvenir dolls that had been created for the New York version of this attraction.


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I found the back of this doll's box especially fascinating since it was covered with photographs of the original Small World AA figures prior to their installation in that cavernous show building on Flushing Meadow.


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And speaking of Flushing Meadow, just three weeks from today, Len Testa, Mike Newell and I are going to be at the World's Fair Marina Restaurant doing our first-ever, live-in-front-of-an-audience "Disney Dish" podcast. So if you'd like to raise a glass ...


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... to the 50th anniversary of the 1964 - 1964 New York World's Fair, then you should definitely make plans to join Len, Mike and I at this E.T.C. event on October 26th. If -- on the other hand -- you're more of a games player ...


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... then maybe you might want to join me in NYC on November 1st for E.T.C.'s Timed Square trivia challenge. Which -- if you're someone who loves solving puzzles -- should be just your cup of tea.


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At the very least, these two upcoming E.T.C. events will give you a chance to get away for a few hours. Do something different.

And isn't that what weekends are for?

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