November 17, 2005 at 3:21pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The State Fair is truly a lost cause:

The Nebraska State Fair is selling naming rights for buildings and events at State Fair Park as a way to raise more money.

Even bathrooms are up for grabs:

For $5,000, you can name a public restroom after yourself at the Nebraska State Fair. But naming the toilets after someone else as a joke won’t be allowed, said the fair’s executive director, Rick Bjorklund.

I don’t know about you, but I really hope that Sheldon and Kathy Crapo have a spare five grand sitting around.

(Thanks to the Official Alltel Telephone Directory for the help!)

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D.M.B. November 17, 2005 at 10:47pm

wait wait wait….didn’t we just vote to give them money from the Nebraska Lottery?

Mr. Wilson November 18, 2005 at 12:22am

Yep, $2 million per year. Their goal—and it’s a reasonable goal—is to not merely have enough money to just stay afloat, but to have enough on hand to actually be able to take the Fair somewhere. I just love the irony, though: Fair supporters promoted the need for lottery funds as a way to preserve the Fair, which they described as a core part of the soul and heritage of Nebraska. And now those people are willing to sell pieces of the Fair’s soul and heritage to make a buck. It’s a kill the patient to save the patient strategy, I guess.

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