Mayo Clinic's Mobile Exhibit makes a stop at the Minnesota State Fair tomorrow, Aug. 29, and stays for the duration, not folding up its collapsible (or expanding, depending on your perspective) walls until after 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1. The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Monday, as the website suggests, on Wright Avenue, near the Education Building and the Kidway." It's within easy walking distance of the Hand Dipped Double Bacon Corn Dog stand. (But you didn't hear that from us.)
This got us thinking about what Mayo Clinic might consider doing at the fair beyond this special Sesquicentennial appearance. You probably won't be surprised, but we had a few ideas. Below are some of our "suggestions" for what a future Mayo Clinic booth at the fair might offer.
- Mayo Clinic Diet on a stick -- a portable dining delight that somehow manages to cram something from all but the top layer of the food pyramid onto one skewer stick.
- The Landow Atrium Public Square Stage -- equipped with a priceless piano but also a platform for ukuleles, musical saws, small choirs and much, much more.
- A mobile vertigo treatment kiosk that rotates between the giant slide, the best of the spinny rides, and food stand offerings that, honestly, make your head spin. (We're looking at you, Xtreme Chocklit Fudge Puppy.)
- Fitness-tracking devices that give you a shock when you get too close to a deep-fat-fryer. (Or double-bacon corn dogs.)
- Wellness coaches who will accompany you around the fairgrounds, shaking their heads at you while you eat.
- A new ride that rotates the rider from a sitting to a standing position and then back to a sitting position. (Sounds a lot like work.)
- In a unique partnership with 4-H, Mayo Clinic crop art of Drs. Will and Charlie sitting on the marble steps. (Made from heirloom seeds, of course.)
- Mayo Clinic veterinary medicine specialists making special appearances in the FFA Miracle of Birth building.
- A before-and-after Guess Your Weight challenge staged near the Food Building.
- A half-opened door showing you a glimpse into the future of your recent dietary choices.
Clearly, the possibilities are as plentiful as calories at the fair. Feel free to add some tasty morsels of your own in the comments section below.