The Arnold Sports Festival is back in town this weekend. Every year, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s favorite event gets bigger, and better, and packs even more people into various Columbus venues.
Today the Bus-Riding Conservative and I walked down at lunch to check out the Arnold. There were lots of people on the streets — many of them huge and musclebound — and the crowds got thicker as we got closer to the Convention Center. Inside the Center, throngs of people were streaming into various rooms, each of which had its own focus. We stopped by the Fencing room, the Cross-Fit room, and the Box, Martial Arts, and Grappling room. (How could you pass up a room featuring “grappling”?) The latter was packed with vendor booths, and they all seemed to be doing a brisk business. Many people inside were carrying huge bags of product.
The Arnold is great for the Columbus economy; it brings in visitors from the four corners of the globe and fills our hotels, restaurants, and stores. But it also seems like a pretty good place to rent space if you are selling exercise clothing, nutritional supplements, bodybuilding products, and other health and exercise goods. The people who come to the Arnold are serious about their interests, and they are willing to put their money where their biceps are.