World’s Fair is back at Atlas Park

In 1964, the largest World’s Fair in American history was held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. After an interlude of 43 years, a similarly-named event was held last year - at The Shops At Atlas Park in Glendale. This year, the fair is back at the mall again.
The four-day event began on Saturday, July 26. Besides the 25 booths selling beer, hot dogs and handicrafts, there was a stage for performances representing different cultures – from German and Irish dances to belly dancing.
Atlas Park organized the event in order to increase awareness of the shopping mall, said Devin Sugameli, event coordinator. “It was designed as a way to draw ethnically-diverse crowds to this beautiful center,” said Dave Kerpen, event host.
And those who were there seemed to be having fun. “I got to see so many different cultural things under the same roof,” said Kini Iyer, of Richmond Hill.
Nivalolo Penate of Ozone Park, who was looking for his wife, enjoyed himself too. Only one thing bothered him: “My boss - my wife - she bought everything and I paid,” he said.
The second day of the festival was on July 27 and the last two days are this weekend, on August 2 and 3, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the mall, which is located on 8000 Cooper Avenue.

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