"Spokanites grieved when Expo finally closed. 'I cried when it was over,' said a woman on a radio talk show in Spokane twenty years later, 'and I'm still crying.' ... Steve Bell, who worked at the American Pavilion, remembered the end of the fair as 'really a sad time. I mean, a totally bummer time for most of the staff and people that worked there.' Janet Hoyt, who met her husband because of the fair, recalled, 'Everything kind of went when it was over. There just wasn't much to do. We twiddled our thumbs a lot.'"
"Tanya Hainsworth came [close] to describing the essential character of the fair: 'You know, suddenly we weren't just this little dumb town, we were somebody, and they were talking about us in the news and stuff, but mainly it was just the feeling of community -- doing something together, and having it work.'"