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The World's Greatest Fair

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The largest World’s Fair in history included the first Olympic games on American soil, where competitors were openly administered drugs and marathon runners were chased off course by dogs; the first Ferris wheel, so large that a wedding was held in one of its compartments on horseback; a loin cloth wearing tribe that shocked and enthralled visitors by eating dogs; and the infamous Geronimo, who sold visitors autographs and his hat – and then replaced it with another one from a box hidden under the table.

These stories and many more are told in The World's Greatest Fair.

This engaging feature-length documentary looks at an important time in American history through a series of compelling, intimate and entertaining stories. The movie features hundreds of never before seen images, the first High Definition transfer of rare motion pictures of the Fair, and interviews with nationally recognized historians, authors and World's Fair experts. The documentary also includes firsthand accounts of the events of the day read by well-known St. Louisans including Mayor Francis Slay, Ozzie Smith, Stan Musial, Joe Buck, Clarence Harmon, James Buford, Mary Strauss and Stan Kann. A year and a half in production, more than 150 St. Louisans volunteered their time to work on this documentary.

Produced with the latest High Definition technology - the same technology used in making movies like "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones" and "Spy Kids 2" - this documentary has received wide critical acclaim.


“Exhaustively researched and lavishly illustrated…an archival and technical wonder." ****highest rating

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch


“...an intimate and unique look at the 1904 World's Fair."

    The New York Times On The Web


“...highly entertaining."

    American Public Television


“...one of the best histories of any world's fair available."

    Library Journal


“A unique snapshot of America at the dawn of a new era… simply glorious fun to watch!”

    St. Louis International Film Festival


“A remarkable achievement... it succeeds as both entertainment and sociological study."

    Riverfront Times


“...highly recommended”

    American Library Association


    Winner of CINE, Telly, and Emmy© awards!



The World's Greatest Fair was the first documentary directed by Bob Miano and Scott Huegerich.  It was produced by Civil Pictures, a non-profit 501(c)(3) company.

For more information, contact director Bob Miano