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Centennial "Conservation Expo" set for October

The Rogero administration is planning an unusual, and possibly big, one-day festival for October 12, to celebrate the centennial of the National Conservation Exposition that drew one million visitors to Chilhowee Park in the fall of 1913. The big fair, the first one of its kind, arguably got more serious national attention than the 1982 World's Fair did, affirming Knoxville's place in the nascent conservationist movement, and it may have spurred on some local efforts. It was just eight or nine years later, after all, that some locals proposed a Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was an interesting and frankly pretty thrilling time, and this commemoration, on the site of the original, promises to evoke all that with an interesting celebration, involving multiple regional conservation-related organizations.

We're promised more details within a few weeks.

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