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April 21, 2012 at 8:04 PM

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Celebrating 50 years of the Space Needle at "The Next 50"


In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, "The Next Fifty" celebrations kicked off at Seattle Center on Saturday. The morning of speeches and performances start six months of planned activities commemorating the anniversary. Read more about the event and view more photos in the gallery.


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Having taken a seat for the opening ceremonies for "The Next 50," Karen Choyce adjusts her homemade Space Needle hat made from $82 of craft materials. Choyce attended the Seattle World's Fair as a two-year-old in a stroller. Later Saturday she planned on going to the top of the Needle.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Doing a vigorous version of the Twist, a dance popular fifty years ago, a "flash mob" showed up Saturday on the Fountain Lawn, sang a couple of songs including a recent Adele hit, danced and disappeared after a couple of minutes.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Speakers and dignitaries applaud during the opening ceremonies Saturday morning which lasted about 90 minutes. Actor Tom Skerritt, center, director Robert Nellums and Mayor Mike McGinn helped kick off "The Next 50" celebration.

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