Badlands Pawn proposes to sponsor the Sioux Empire Fair in 2016

Chuck Brennan proposed to the Fair Board that he wanted to sponsor the SE Fair next year.  He wants to market the fair next year through his TV shows, radio station, reality show and other media associated with his mega pawnshop.  If the SEF doesn’t buy the advertising package they would not be able to hire Hairball a la carte for SEF 2016.

It sounds like an all or nothing deal.

I haven’t seen the actual proposal yet, but as I understand it the Fair Board will probably reject the plan.

The irony of it all is that the fair is right before the 2016 election in which a payday initiative may be on the ballot.


#1 John on 08.21.15 at 4:17 pm

That’s a conflict of interest. He directly competes with the fair grounds. Typical of rich guys. Give me everything I want or I’ll run you out of business.

#2 South sider on 08.21.15 at 9:42 pm

He beat Sanford to the punch. No one is going to care if a business sponsor’s the fair, let him spend his money. It won’t change the attendance or people’s view on him or his business.

#3 The D@ily Spin on 08.22.15 at 7:03 pm

The fair was a huge success this year. Sponsoring it will be especially expensive next year. Any sponsor who can afford it should be welcomed. Yes, there’s an indirect conflict but the worst conflict of interest is the city in the private hotel business.

#4 l3wis on 08.22.15 at 11:14 pm

SS- I am pretty sure they are going to reject the proposal. The fair director and the CC are all shaking their heads a big NO.

#5 South sider on 08.24.15 at 11:41 am

That’s fine if they do, won’t change anything about the fair minus some entertainment.

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