The VP Fair, now known as Fair St. Louis, began in 1981 on the riverfront under the Arch. The '80's were very good to the Fair, with attendance sometimes in the millions. In 1982, 3.75 million were reported to enjoy the festivities at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. . . maybe because of the acid-washed jeans.

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