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Celebrating World Expo '88

Relive the sights, sounds and memories of Brisbane’s coming-of-age on the world stage, World Expo 88, at Caboolture Historical Village’s Celebrate 88! event on October 28.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Brisbane’s defining moment, Caboolture Historical Village will take visitors on a walk down memory lane commencing with a free unveiling ceremony of the recently restored, Ken Done designed, Expo 88 AUSTRALIA sign.

Relocated from Arethusa College earlier this year, the sign has been painstakingly restored to its former glory by an army of Village volunteers. Originally positioned at the VIP Entrance/Pavilion Exit of the Australia Pavilion, the long single line of 5.3 metre high letters spelling out Australia was one of the most photographed artworks at Expo, and Village visitors will have the opportunity to have their photo taken professionally in front of the iconic sign.

Following the grand unveiling, Caboolture Historical Village will host a Village Celebration, and at discounted entry prices of just $10 per adult and $5 per child, guests can enjoy a five hour extravaganza celebrating Expo’s cultural diversity and sociable festivity.

Crowds will once again be wowed by entertainers from Expo 88’s original roving entertainment agency, Izit Entertainment, with a butterfly stilt walker, flowerpot men and garden gnomes all set to roam the Village.

The sentimental at heart will delight in the treasure trove of Expo memorabilia on display throughout the Village, from the bright yellow uniforms of Expo’s hosts/hostesses, to souvenirs of Expo’s Akubra-wearing platypus mascot ‘Expo Oz’ and everything in between. You’ll even find an original Expo toilet block!

No homage to Expo 88 is complete without a passport, so just as children took a whirlwind trip around the world getting passports stamped at various Expo pavilions, kids and adult at Celebrate 88! can complete a special Expo 88 inspired passport as they explore the Village.

The event’s multicultural flavour will continue in the Expo 88 inspired food court, while over at The Village Hotel, guests who once downed steins at Expo’s German Pavilion can reminisce over a cold beer at the German Beer Garden hosted by Caboolture Rotary. Live music will be provided by Rockabilly Stunt Masters, The Colt Seavers Band, who will play popular music and covers from the era.

And if that’s not enough to get your foot tapping, while exploring all that Celebrate 88! has to offer, keep an ear out for the unmistakeable strains of the chicken dance, and you’ll soon be dancing like it’s 1988 at Expo’s Munich Festhaus.

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WHEN: Sunday, October 28 WHERE: Caboolture Historical Village, Cnr Beerburrum Road and Tuckeroo Drive, Caboolture TIMES: Unveiling ceremony (9.30am – 10am) Village Celebration (10am – 3pm) ENTRY: Unveiling Ceremony – FREE Village Celebration - $10 Adults, $5 Children (discounted entry)


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