I received word that the North Iowa Events Center as it prefers to be called these days, formerly known as the North Iowa Fair, will be holding a public meeting tonight where anyone can attend and voice concerns and ideas for improving the annual fair held there.
I dialed the fair at 641-423-3811, and spoke to a woman named Jan at about 11:15 AM today.
I told her I had some questions about tonight’s meeting and said nothing else. Before I could introduce myself, she proceeded to tell me quite a lot of information, but said they were still deciding on which building to hold the meeting in. I said I was told it would be in the 4-H Building, she said “yes, or the Olson Building, we are still deciding.”
That’s a wonderful example of organization and building trust with the public, right there. It was published in our friendly Globe Gazette that the meeting would be held in the 4-H Building. But now the fair office is not sure.
Jan said the Globe got a “media release” this weekend on the event. Despite asking for their “media releases,” The North Iowa Event Center never sent one to NIT. Thanks David Green for ignoring my request.
It is nice to see the NI Events Center and the Globe working so hard to bring the public on board and include them in the game of trying to solve the riddle of why our fair sucks every year. Very classy of the Globe to publish the notice of this meeting on the very day it would be held, while the fair office is not even sure where exactly it will be held.
Anyway, as I listened to Jan’s long diatribe on why the fair sucks and how the public sends conflicting signals to the fair board, I asked very few questions and just listened. I never told her my name until I had asked a couple of questions and she asked “who is this?” I said “My name is Matt Marquardt, I run a news website called NorthIowaToday.com.”
Jan then informed me that nothing she said could be published and was not for the public and then hung up on me as I asked more questions. Stay classy, Jan.
To the public, I know this is late in getting to you, maybe on purpose, but the fair board will allow the public to come out to the fair grounds tonight for a public meeting. This meeting will be held at 7 PM in either the 4-H Building or the Olson Building. Bring your ideas and concerns.