2015 Festival in the Pines
Posted: August 21, 2015
This is the time of year when I make my big push promoting Festival in the Pines, which takes place August 29-30, 2015, in Carson Park in Eau Claire. Most of the sponsor passes have been distributed and plans are in place for a series of radio and television interviews this week and next.
After having success hosting the inaugural ABRA Auto Body & Glass Classic Car Show last year, we are adding a Motorcycle Show on Saturday. Anyone who wishes to participate can enter through the roadway to the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp and Chippewa Valley Museum. Entrants will be given free admission, however anyone that is riding on the back of a motorcycle or in a classic car will be required to pay the $6 admission.
Also new this year is a Scavenger Hunt. Participants will pick up cards with 12 clues at the Festival Visitor Information Booth and try to track down the arts/crafts vendors, food vendors or other attractions in Carson Park to receive a sticker on their Scavenger Hunt card. Winners will receive a Gordy's Market gift card.
So if anyone likes to shop and eat, then Festival in the Pines is the place to be next weekend. For young families, there are also games and inflatable rides, a free petting zoo and live bands on the Gordy's Market Showcase Stage and original acts on the Xcel Energy Family Entertainment Stage.
WEIRD STORY: A friend of mine this week went to Menards to buy a lawnmower that was on sale. He is a big NASCAR fan of Jimmie Johnson, the five-time Sprint Cup winner. As he was entering the lawn and garden section of the store, a Menard employee reminded him that he was dissing the Menard family name since Paul Menard, John Menard's son, is a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
After hearing the comment from the Menard employee, my friend waited for a laugh or something that would indicate that the employee was joking. In fact, the employee was rather adamant in his statement. As a result, my friend elected to purchase his lawnmower at Farm & Fleet.
I am not sure what John Menard would think about one of his employees making disparaging remarks to one of his customers. But one would think that if that is not enough to fire the employee, then at least a reprimand would be in order.