Patricia Krueger Oral History
Patricia Krueger was a long-time St. Cloud State employee. From 1967 to 1982, Krueger was director of campus programming, including as University Programming Board (UPB). After leaving UPB, Krueger spent time in the Office of Continuing Studies, taught in the Department of Art, and was Assistant/Associate Director of Admissions from 1985 until she retired in 2006.
In an interview conducted on August 27, 2014 with Margaret Vos, retired St. Cloud State employee Patricia Krueger spoke about the establishment of the Lemonade Fair and the planning that went into those early events.
Krueger, who at the time as an employee of Atwood Memorial Center, discussed the beginning days of the Lemonade Concert and Art Fair. Through connections here at St. Cloud State and in the community, organizers were able to bring the Minnesota Orchestra to campus to perform free to the public. The scope was expanded to include an art fair by collaborating with the local arts council. Krueger touched upon how the event was named after lemonade, the impact of the weather, why the event is one day during the week, and how rapidly the event grew after its modest beginnings in 1974. Krueger also explained that the art show portion was also juried, which required artists to submit work to organizers in hopes of being invited to the Lemonade event.
Interviewed by Margaret Vos
St. Cloud State University, "Patricia Krueger Oral History" (2014). Lemonade Concert and Art Fair. 5.