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September 18, 2013

Teamwork Makes Minnesota State Fair Sierra Club Booth Successful

State fair booth photo
Sierra Club Minnesota (North Star Chapter) staffed an incredibly successful booth for the entire 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair in late August and early September.

More than 130 volunteers helped gather more than 2,700 comments to the state Public Utilities Commission in support of replacing the largest polluter in Minnesota, Xcel Energy's Sherco coal plant, with renewables.

The chapter's booth was state-of-the-art as well, featuring iPads to help digitally gather those comments and save staffers tons of time normally spent doing data entry after the fair every year.
State fair booth photo2
Michelle Rosier, Beyond Coal Campaign Senior Organizing Manager, said her time spent at the fair was very fun.

"I talked to many people really interested in renewable energy and wanting more of it in Minnesota," said Rosier. "A good number were interested in energy efficiency and solar for their own homes as well."

Rosier said a huge number of people helped make the chapter's work at the fair such a success, and she was especially impressed by the volunteers.

"What's great about the Great Minnesota Get Together (state fair) is that it is a chance to talk and interact with one another from all across the state. We had 130+ volunteers spending at least three hours having conversations with others about moving Minnesota beyond coal to clean energy, and that's a tremendous thing."

Many of the volunteers were first-timers, too, she added, and now the chapter is excited to see them engaged with the Sierra Club making a difference.

"Our state fair booth is a model of team work," said Rosier. "We couldn't do it if everyone didn't pitch in and do their part. It's 144 hours over 12 days with over a million state fair attendees! Volunteers are the front lines - the face and voice of the organization - and they do amazing things."

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