EXPO 88 FANS: Artist Ken Done with Kingaroy's 30-year anniversary World Expo 88 exhibit organiser Jason Ford.
EXPO 88 FANS: Artist Ken Done with Kingaroy's 30-year anniversary World Expo 88 exhibit organiser Jason Ford. Contributed

World Expo comes to an end...again

AFTER taking pride of place in the Kingaroy Heritage Museum for six months, the World Expo 88 exhibition will come to an end today.

Exhibition organiser Jason Ford said the overall feedback had been extremely positive.

"We constantly heard the exhibition brought back a flood of memories," Mr Ford said.

Mr Ford, who celebrated the expo's 30-year anniversary with acclaimed artist Ken Done recently, said the Kingaroy exhibit brought a lot of interstate visitors to the South Burnett.

"One lady come from South Australia and she had flown here specifically for the expo exhibition," he said.

World Expo 88 holds a special place in Mr Ford's heart, and he said his life changed significantly during that time.

"I was 18 when Expo was on, I met my wife during Expo, Mr Ford said.

The majority of the Expo 88 memorabilia had come from Mr Ford's personal collection.

"I had a quite a big collection, other things will go back to people that loaned them," he said.

Mr Ford said he was preparing for a conversation with his wife about bringing all the expo memorabilia back to the house.

"Oh yes, I've got that to do deal with," he joked.

The Kingaroy Heritage Museum will keep some of the expo memorabilia as part of a smaller ongoing exhibition.

Mr Ford, who was living in Brisbane at the time of World Expo 88, said his favourite piece of memorabilia was his World Expo 88 season pass.

"Because that gave me access whenever I wanted to go," he said.

"I would sometimes just go there and have lunch."

The professional chef said World Expo 88 exposed Brisbane to a whole new world of culinary delights.

"Expo really introduced Brisbane to ethnic foods," he said.

"It was actually illegal to have sidewalk dining before Expo."

"Lots of cafes were built specifically to capitalise on the Expo tourists."