Saturday, March 19, 2011
Creating Expo Ernie
Expo Ernie was the delightful mascot of Vancouver's Expo 86. In addition to starring on a myriad of items sold at the fair, including shirts, dolls, pennants, and more, Ernie was also there as a remote control character that moved around seemingly on his own. Ernie did a lot of pre-fair appearances to drum up interest in the fair as well. Here's the earliest photograph I've found so far of Ernie, showing a clay model of the figure.
I think Ernie was one of the best fair mascots of all time. At least he was easily recognizable, unlike a lot of the blob like figures of some recent fair.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Expo 86. I haven't heard of any celebrations for that yet, but if they do hold one, I'll bet Ernie will be there again.