Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tucson Festival Of Books 2017

I went to the University Of Arizona Mall this weekend to help staff the tv/radio tents for the Tucson Festival Of Books.

This event is ridiculous in size (as in huge). Estimated crowds of 130,000 over the two days the festival takes place and over 450 authors in attendance.

It was an unusually warm day for March, around 90 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. It wore me out a bit being in the heat for several hours. I wasn't used to the warm weather (usually we have a little time to get acclimated to it again, spring is usually very short around these parts) but it wasn't too miserable.

We also had a visit from Sarah Whitcomb Foss and Jimmy McGuire from the Jeopardy Clue Crew (as in, the Jeopardy game show), who chatted it up with KGUN viewers and posed for photos.

A cardboard stand up of Alex Trebek, Jimmy McGuire and Sarah Whitcomb Foss
from the Jeopardy Clue Crew, and some random attendee of the
Tucson Festival Of Books

The Reading Pig, the fake Alex Trebek, Jimmy and Sarah from the Jeopardy Clue Crew

I tried to give the fake Alex Trebek a kiss and he didn't even ask for my number

Tucson Festival Of Books attendees visit the radio and tv tents

Chief Meteorologist Erin Christiansen chats with KGUN viewers

I take a picture of anchor Stella Inger taking a picture of her
husband and daughter

We're all representin' at the Tucson Festival Of Books

One of us has a pig head and smells like bacon
and the other has a red shirt and a book

Bow down to the greatness that is Alex Trebek

More visitors to the Scripps village

The young man in the plaid shirt had to spell a few words
to get a little spelling trophy at the radio tent

This guy in the grey shirt tried to do the same thing

Tents and people as far as the eye can see

Taking advantage of shade provided by the KGUN live truck

This leash cord would come in handy at work


Jimmy from the Jeopardy Clue Crew, KGUN reporter Craig Smith with a sneaky
fake Alex Trebek lurking behind, Sports Director Jason Barr, Sarah from the
Jeopardy Clue Crew

I knew I left my brain somewhere...