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Minnesota businesses step up as sponsors of nonpartisan CivicFest

Some of Minnesota’s biggest companies have signed on as sponsors for CivicFest, the big political and history festival that will run in conjunction with the Republican National Convention.

Organizers are quick to note that CivicFest is nonpartisan: There will be memorabilia, artifacts and exhibits from both sides of the aisle.

CivicFest will run at the Minneapolis Convention Center from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4. The convention is at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Sept. 1-4.

Some of the major sponsors and their exhibits, announced this morning, are:

Information Booth:  3M Co.

President’s Walk Exhibit: Ameriprise Financial

Three Centuries of Political Memorabilia: Associated Bank

Live Stage: Best Buy

Air Force One: Boeing

Presidential Timeline Exhibit: Carlson Cos.

White House Entertaining Exhibit: Ecolab

First Ladies Gown Exhibit: Medtronic

Convention Floor Exhibit: Qwest Communications International

Presidential Health Exhibit: St. Jude Medical

Oval Office Exhibit: Target

Walleye School of Fish Exhibit: The Travelers Cos.

Minnesota Greatest Generation Exhibit: UnitedHealth Group

Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibit: U.S. Bank

Hail to the Chief Exhibit: Xcel Energy

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