BrickUniverse returns with LEGO innovations this weekend

Susan EspirituDowntown, Our Town Youth

LEGOs date back to a small company in 1932 when Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter from Denmark, founded a company that produced wooden toys such as ducks and cars.

However, in 1947, LEGO introduced a new line of plastic toys, which marked the beginning of LEGO bricks.

Then in 1949, LEGO produced its first interlocking plastic bricks, but without the familiar studs that we see on LEGO bricks today.

In 1978, LEGO introduced the minifigure, a small, posable figure that added a new facet to LEGO play.

BrickUniverse is set to unveil brand-new LEGO creations in Knoxville during its Inspire Tour that is coming to the World’s Fair Exhibition Hall at 935 World’s Fair Park Drive on August 12-13.

This year, BrickUniverse Knoxville aims to honor the legacy of a true LEGO master builder from Tennessee who recently joined the BrickUniverse team, Kerry Woo, who passed away on June 11, 2023.

In honor of his life and love of the LEGO community, BrickUniverse announced a special LEGO brick building contest that will be looking for the creations that capture Kerry’s Motto, “Make something people love.”

Participants are invited to submit their unique creations for a chance to win two VIP tickets to BrickUniverse and a $100 gift card to spend on LEGO. To enter the contest, go to BrickUniverse Contest with the deadline of 8/11/23.

General admission hours on August 12 and 13 will be 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:30-4 p.m. each day. VIP hours will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit BrickUniverse for more information and to purchase tickets.

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