I'm always the last one to spot a trend, so maybe this is news to no one but me. But the fairgrounds now have benches with messages of up to 14 characters -- often the names of people or organizations -- built into them. A visit to the State Fair Foundation's website reveals that the benches are a perq of membership at the $1,500 level. That puts the "recognition benches" in the middle range, between recognition bricks for $250 and recognition tables for $2,500. It amounts to selling the naming rights to infrastructure. For city managers in a struggling economy, I'd like to offer a thought: recognition manholes.
Meanwhile, the Public Insight Network here at MPR wants your help identifying cool, out-of-the-way spots on the fairgrounds. What's your favorite hidden highlight? I'm partial to Steichen's grocery Store and Deli, myself.
We'll feature a Fair Hound every day of the fair on All Things Considered, and in other ways on the Internets.
I'm one of the many folks who will be working at the State Fair -- as I have for the past 10 years.
This year we have two presentations on the Sustainability Stage in the EcoExperience: 11-noon on Friday, Aug. 26, and on Friday, Sept. 2. We will also be in the 2 p.m. parade both days.
I have never seen it (and hopefully never wil) but the State Fair Jail would make an interesting topic. I'm sure they have a few holding cells in the security office.
You may have latched onto a way out of the budget crunch. Just imagine ...
The U.S.S. Big Mac comes into port under the Wal-Mart brdge, carrying Seal Team Mall of America. They return home on Interstate Bank of America, to their neighborhood, now called Apple Computer Park. Escort provided by the Wells Fargo Police Department of course
Advertising seems to be everywhere now. If we want to keep community services going we need to go where the money is. It's genius, really.