How would a small state
exhibit like Oklahoma attract attention at a Fair filled with
attention-grabbers? Oklahoma's simple but effective plan to provide
a lovely and restful oasis brought many Fairgoers to the Oklahoma
Pavilion who might otherwise have passed the exhibit by. Oklahoma's
park benches, miniature lakes and streams, were enjoyed by countless
Following the Fair, a number
of the benches found their way back to Oklahoma, returned to
the communities that had sponsored them at their state's exhibit
at the Fair.
The bench in the photo
below was presented by the City Council of Garden Clubs, Woodward,
Oklahoma, and can still be enjoyed in Woodward today.
The plaque fixed to the back of the
bench still commemorates Woodward's contribution to the Fair.
MORE OF THE FAIR IN OKLAHOMA
Park benches weren't the only
legacies of the Fair to be find their way to Oklahoma. These World's
Fair streetlights can be found today at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.
SOURCE: Photos presented
courtesy of Jim Crouch
webmaster's note... My thanks to Jim Crouch, Bradd Schiffman,
Rick Flannery, Craig Bavaro, Tal Davis and Philip Ras for their
contributions to the Oklahoma feature.
February 11, 2005