I love inventive ideas. You probably know that about me if you've read here for any amount of time.
This is an idea that has really impressed me. Garnett, Kansas, a town of about 3,400 people, put together a weekend getaway package with a $5,000 value. That, in and of itself, is amazing. They're auctioning it off as a fundraiser for the Kansas Sampler Foundation, which works to sustain rural culture.
I'm very impressed with what they pulled together. It's incredible what this small town was able to gather - a great place to stay, catered food, live entertainment and even an aerial tour.
Check out details at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230498788118. Scroll down and read what they organized. If that doesn't prove the ingeunity of small towns I don't know what does.