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HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) _ It sounded like a great idea.

But the only exhibit in the world believed devoted to Kool-Aid has done little to boost attendance at the local museum where the display is mounted.

The exhibit paying homage to founder Edwin Perkins and the sugary drink first distributed here 75 years ago on downtown streets attracted national attention when it opened in June.

It has not translated into higher attendance figures at the Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

``Sixteen thousand people from Hastings did not show up to see an exhibit that is one-of-a-kind,'' said Terry Hunter, museum director.

About 8,000 local residents have visited the exhibit since it opened, he said.


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