Many thanks to all members who helped with this year’s GAOI effort at the Illinois State Fair, where a recent-year record 960,000 folks attended the 12-day event. For the second straight year, GAOI was part of the Illinois Energy Zone on the lawn of the Emmerson Building, located right in the heart of the fairgrounds at Central and Main Streets.
Our exhibit was staffed every day of the fair by GAOI volunteers. Governor Pat Quinn toured the exhibit on the fair’s first morning and expressed his support for geothermal. He explained to the Lincoln impersonator, who was part of the governor’s entourage on the fairgrounds, that geothermal was installed in the president’s tomb and made for a very comfortable environment.
The GAOI exhibit had an operating unit chugging out cool air. A replica unit was placed right alongside the busy Main Street, where hundreds of thousands of attendees passed. More than 500 GAOI brochures were passed out to interested consumers during the fair.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn stopped by the GAOI exhibit at the fair during the first morning. From left are Dana Smith of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative, Auburn; President Lincoln; Illinois Ag Director Bob Flider; Miss Illinois State Fair and Governor Quinn, GAOI Director John Freitag, and GAOI board member Chad Mayes.
Thanks to Lisa Rigoni of the Assn. of IL Electric Co-ops for the picture.