2014 Festival in the Pines
Posted: July 25, 2014
This is the time of year when I am a walking billboard promoting Festival in the Pines, which takes place Aug. 23-24 in Carson Park in Eau Claire. I have spent the past two weeks distributing my 48-page promotional booklets to area grocery stores, gas/convenience stores, motels, libraries and anywhere else I can place them.
This will be the 17th year that I have had an ownership interest in the annual family-oriented event. Over the course of time, the festival has become a destination for young families and shoppers of arts and crafts. There is live music on the Gordy's Showcase Stage and original acts on the Xcel Energy Family Entertainment Stage.
A new attraction for this year's event is the Abra Auto Body & Glass Classic Car Show on Sunday. I have no idea how many entries will show up on Sunday morning, but classic car enthusiasts are excited to show off their vehicles at a new venue. Originally, I figured the festival would attract about 40 cars, but all indications are that we could host four times that number.
Even though it is sometimes boring to distribute all of my booklets and posters throughout the region, I have enjoyed it more this year than most. I think it's because I use the time driving around the Chippewa Valley as a way to meet new people and look for activity that could produce story content for The Bottom Line. Already, I have learned about two new businesses that have recently opened in Chippewa County and I have a list of other business activity that I need to research in the weeks ahead.
Like I've said many times in the past: I have not quit my day job, but it's a lot of fun to put on a party for as many as 15,000 people.
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