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Arnold Sports Festival 2012

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest multi-sport event in the nation and the greatest sports-fitness experience of your life! The Festival welcomes more than 18,000 athletes annually who compete in more than 45 sports & events, including 12 Olympic sports. More than 175,000 fitness enthusiasts attend the Arnold Sports Festival each year to experience thrilling moments of sports competition and fitness entertainment.

    Fitness shoppers enjoy the 700 booth Arnold Fitness EXPO offering the biggest names in health & fitness who present the latest trends in fitness apparel, supplements, and training equipment.

    Attendees enjoy the regular sightings of sport personalities, film stars, and the Weekend’s namesake Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    MORE: http://www.arnoldsportsfestival.com

    #481517

    OhioFestivals
    Participant

    I can’t tell you how many protein bar samples I ate. :-)

    It was a fun and eye-opening festival. Here was my experience last year – http://ohiofestivals.net/?p=623

    Kristian

    #481518
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Bump! This weekend! ;)

    #481519

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I’ll be there as a fitness person, but not really for the meatheads, more so than the educated exhibits and networking. Some of the competitions are fun and interesting to watch as well.

    #481520

    News
    Participant

    ‘The Arnold’ means growth, success
    By Steve Wartenberg
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Thursday March 1, 2012 9:24 AM

    Arnold. That’s all it takes, just the first name — and it’s hard to think of anyone other than the famous bodybuilder, action-movie star and former governor of California, or his annual Columbus festival.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2012/03/01/building-on-a-name-brand.html

    #481521
    MichaelC
    MichaelC
    Participant

    The Wall Street Journal has published a piece on the statue and the Arnold Festival.

    WSJ quotes Liz Lessner:

    “Can we trade Philly for their Rocky statue? We’d rather have that,” said Elizabeth Lessner, who lives in Columbus and owns five restaurants there. She thinks Columbus is an ill-chosen home for the figure. “We don’t dress in tiny shorts and flex. That’s Florida or California,” she said.

    Ms. Lessner said she and other business people are grateful for the boost from the Arnold event, but chefs around town “kind of groan when the Arnold people come in. All they order are like seven chicken breasts and a side of steamed broccoli. It’s a tough time for us culinary-wise.”

    #481522

    surber17
    Participant

    I like the statue ….. If I was visiting Columbus I’m sure I’d take a pic with it.

    #481523

    ricospaz
    Participant

    There will be a lot of pics of people defiling Arnold. Good stuff.

    #481524

    M.O.
    Participant

    ricospaz said:
    There will be a lot of pics of people defiling Arnold. Good stuff.

    Alas, already defiled.

    #481525
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    The newness will wear off before the week is over and everyone worked up about it will go back to normal.

    #481526

    NerosNeptune
    Participant

    Seems really strange that Lessner would give a quote and get national exposure bitching about all the extra customers and money this thing gives her. And nobody works out here? Maybe they should take the statue back and put up one of an overweight 20-something stuffing trendy hot dogs down their throat instead.

    #481527

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    NerosNeptune said:
    Seems really strange that Lessner would give a quote and get national exposure bitching about all the extra customers and money this thing gives her. And nobody works out here? Maybe they should take the statue back and put up one of an overweight 20-something stuffing trendy hot dogs down their throat instead.

    HAHA You beat me to it man.

    #481528

    joev
    Participant

    That quote was really tone-deaf – I hope it was taken out of context. I expect better from Liz.

    #481529
    Snarf
    Snarf
    Participant

    joev said:
    That quote was really tone-deaf – I hope it was taken out of context. I expect better from Liz.

    I concur.

    #481530

    DavidF
    Participant

    joev said:
    That quote was really tone-deaf – I hope it was taken out of context. I expect better from Liz.

    She does express gratitude for the business, but I agree she fumbles when she tries to joke about everyone ordering chicken breasts and broccoli.

    I will say, that I have a good number of friends in the industry and every one of them dreads Arnold weekend. Impatient picky eaters, tons of special orders, and in general, less than generous tippers. (Although, when it comes to tipping, it is also a weekend where a few lucky servers are also dealing with incredibly gracious people who are great tippers. Nothing is absolute.)

    She made a statement that, while true, and somewhat humorous within the industry, was probably better left unsaid in front of a wider audience.

    And yes, as someone who has been repeatedly misquoted, or had things attributed to my name that I never said, context is incredibly important. It is very possible that her statement in its entirety would have an entirely different tone that that excerpt.

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