Seymore D' Fair
Entertainer, Advocate, and Positive Role Model in Louisiana
Seymore D’ Fair (a.k.a. Seymour D. Fair) is a funny cartoon & costume character who was the official mascot of the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition. His witty name is derived from the N’Awlins “Yat” phrase “See more of the fair”. A cartoon character creation by artist Robert Whitney and Gary Goddard, celebrated theme park and Walt Disney costume designer, Seymore is not your ordinary cartoon and mascot character. He has the unique distinction of being the “World’s 1st-Ever” character mascot in the history of Bureau International des Expositions World’s Fairs & Expositions (circa 1851).
From Los Angeles to New York to Paris, Seymore performed on the world stage promoting the World’s Fair. In the Big Easy he and his best friend Pepe’ la Gator entertained 7,000,000+ visitors bringing smiles and laughter to all who experienced their magnanimous personalities.
Seymore had many notable moments during his reign. Once while in France, he was escorted out of the Louvre for being too ‘spectacular’. During the 1984 Republican National Convention, he made a big splash rubbing feathers on stage with the likes of George H. W. Bush, Vice-President of the United States. Back in Washington DC, he hung out with Billy Joel at the White House entertaining wives of Russian Diplomats. Seymore even appeared on Saturday Night Live, shown guarding an entrance to the White House with Secret Service Agents!
Seymore’s whimsical & magical personality contributed greatly to him becoming the most recognizable World's Fair mascot in the modern age of International Expositions and World’s Fairs. His exemplary contributions to Louisiana, World Expositions, and the Bureau International Expositions organization earned him an exhibition & induction into the Louisiana State Museum and the Smithsonian - National Museum of American History.
THE SEYMORE D' FAIR FOUNDATION: www.seymoresfoundation.org