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September 16, 2007
From journal Westward Bound by the Gateway Arch
Lexington , Kentucky
June 14, 2007
From journal Gateway Arch
January 15, 2007
From journal Under the Arch - Sightseeing in Saint Louis
February 4, 2005
From journal Day in St. Louis
by Coach Bear
July 10, 2002
Held on the riverfront on the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch), a National Park, this festival was once a true part of the St. Louis heritage, entitled the Veiled Prophet Fair. This is a major tribute to the Armenian populace of the area and their festivals. But, it has transformed into something that we all, as Americans, can feel part of and enjoy. This is held in cooperation with the city of St. Louis and the National Park Service. The entire park area, including the Old Federal Courthouse, is included in the festival, as well as several surrounding city blocks.
We arrived at about 10:00 local time to walk around the area. There was a large air show, interpretations of different cultures (one was a Navaho flute ceremony), concerts by local and national entertainers, tours of the Arch, festivities and speeches at the Old Courthouse, an evening entertainer (Smokey Robinson was there this year), and then the World's largest fireworks display. We really had a huge day, especially since we decided to attend a Cardinal game in the early evening. The weather was sweltering, but there were lemonade, beer, and soft drink stands everywhere. Many local non-profit groups spent their time at the booths to earn money for what they do. My wife and I spent over $100 getting things that we wanted. There were roasted corn vendors, beer vendors, meat and turkey legs, candies, and many other things that people wanted.
Finally, watching the fireworks through the Arch at night gave an ethereal feeling to the crowd. The Arch seemed to float in the evening, as though it were only a computer graphic in a movie. Yet, it was real. The fireworks added to the spectacle, and we left wanting to return soon.
From journal A Return Home to St. Louis