STATE FAIR PART 1
If I can get through the next 10 hours, I will have worked 70 hours in 5 days at my regular job at the ECC. It's been a long rotation! My day wont end at 4 pm though. I need to head on over to the "Great Minnesota Get Together" at the Minnesota State Fair and do some Dispatching until 0300 tomorrow morning. I KNOW! CRAZY! But the Fair is only here 12 days and it's fun and low key and an excellent way to earn some extra money.
Isn't this a cute Logo?
It only takes about 20 minutes to get over to the fair grounds on the other side of town from the ECC. When I get there I have to go through a series of gates in my car. All kinds of police and temporary state fair employees are directing the way. I have a "special" red placard that says "Tiger Lot" (we don't park in the Tiger lot though) and I just kind of smile and wave and hold up my badge as I pass through the various check points. I was given a small book of admittance tickets for each day of the fair and at the 2nd check point I must present one (otherwise pay $12). Basically I'm driving 1/2 of the perimeter of the whole fair to get to the Dispatch House (Photo later). We are like the only employees that get to drive right up to where we work. NICE.
The police that work the fair are: State Fair Police and many police officers from around the state. Like some dispatchers some of the police officers take vacation time off from their regular police department jobs to come and work the fair. The police officers from other departments wear their uniforms from those particular agency so at any given time you could have 4 officers going to assist on a call that have 4 different uniforms on. Since the State Fair is in St Paul/Falcon Heights the St Paul Police Dept and St Paul Fire Dept play a key role in Public Safety throughout the 12 days. The majority of the calls are medicals and lost children. It can get really really crazy with several calls going on at one time.