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October 21: $1 Day at the Needle!

space_needleBartell Drugs and the Space Needle join forces to commemorate the end of the 1962 World’s Fair

The elevator ride to the top of the Space Needle rolls back to $1 on October 21, closing day of the fair.

SEATTLE—Two Seattle institutions, the iconic Space Needle and 122-year-old, family-owned Bartell Drugs have teamed up to mark the 50th Anniversary of the closing of the 1962 World’s Fair with $1 day. On October 21, the date the fair closed, the public will once again enjoy a $1 ride to the Observation Deck.

Retro pricing will be in effect all day – 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Tickets are limited to one per guest and are good for 2-hr time blocks throughout the day. Supplies are limited and tickets will sell out so the public is urged to come early to secure admission.

The Space Needle and Bartell’s have collaborated on a variety of community-focused promotions and events throughout the 50th Anniversary year. Since the kick-off on April 21, the Space Needle’s Golden Anniversary has been filled with months of fun and exciting activities, including the selection of a citizen to make the journey into space. This “Dollar Day” is a special benchmark in these year-long festivities.
The closing day of the Seattle World’s Fair was the beginning of a new era for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. October 21, 1962 represents the launching of our community as a world-class city with a penchant for science, technology and entrepreneurship.

Today, Seattle is still realizing its potential as a world leader and remains on the cutting edge of technological growth. The Space Needle and Bartell Drugs both epitomize the strengths of this city, steeped in history and still growing. “Dollar Day” is meant to bring our community together in a celebration of this new era…in a very affordable way.

October 21 also marks the close of voting for the Space Needle’s “Top This” roof design competition. The winner will be announced on October 22. The top design will be painted as soon as weather permits and will remain atop the tower through April 21, the end of the Space Needle’s 50th year.

bartell_drugsFounded in 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs owns and operates 58 stores in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties and is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.

About Space Needle

In 1959, an unlikely artist inspired by the Stuttgart Tower in Germany was sketching his vision of a dominant central structure for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair on a placemat in a coffee house. The artist was Edward E. Carlson, then president of Western International Hotels. His space-age image was to be the focus of the futuristic World's Fair in Seattle, whose theme would be Century 21. Carlson penciled the shape that would become the internationally known symbol for Seattle, the Space Needle.
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