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Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center's survey
July 02, 2012
RICKREALL -- The Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center's survey conducted May 23-June 6 may have only received 47 responses, but fair managers believe it's a good start.
The results, for the most part, didn't come as a surprise to Tina Andersen, the fair manager. About 70 percent of those who responded said they attended the fair with their spouse or family and 61 percent said the No. 1 attraction was the 4-H and FFA exhibits.
Andersen said that's encouraging as the fair is designed to be family-friendly and animal-centered.
"It's nice to know that trying to keep our fair a family event is important to others," Andersen said.
That isn't to say survey takers didn't have criticisms.
"One person said `Better live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, like concerts like most county fairs offer. We have no interest in the talent show thing you do,'" Andersen said, reading from the results. "I love it when people say what is on their mind."
That being said, some requests are easier to accommodate than others. Shows featuring more well-known performers would require a larger budget and stage. Other suggestions, such as dance lessons and more attractions for children, are already on tap for the 2012 fair.
Andersen said the board may perform a fair exit survey to get more feedback, which may help find ways to balance keeping fair traditions and attracting more people.
"The more the communities surrounding us grow, the more they expect a different kind of fair," she said.