Edward W. Lempinen
As the last sounds and aromas swirled into the bay wind last night, San Francisco Fair
organizers were already making plans for a different kind of festival next year. Not that
there were substantial problems this year. Yet the weather was uninspiring, at best, and
organizers blamed that for holding the crowd at Fort Mason from 10,000 to 20,000 people
below the expected 60,000 attendance.
If we'd had four sunny days, we'd have been mobbed," said fair publicist Gary
Pike. The sun broke through the cover of gray once yesterday before disappearing again.
When asked whether she was disappointed, the fair's executive director, Susan Stowens,
said: "No, not really, it looks very nice. It's been going very well."
Still. this was apparently the last September fair at Fort Mason. Now in its fifth year
the fair spent its first two years at Moscone Center and the past three years at the
current location. One official suggested that the fair has "outgrown" Fort
Stowens said next year's fair probably will be at the Civic Center. Fair strategists
are also hoping to introduce a more international 'flavor at the fair next August. Stowens
said that they will seek a "Pacific Rim" theme and will try to include Asian
countries "that have large populations in San Francisco." .
| Biker Darcy Langlois leaped over Danny Dempsey as part of the show