Surveys to Gauge Economic Impact of Illinois Fairs

MENDON, Ill. (AP) — The spending habits of hundreds of fairgoers in 15 Illinois counties are being sought this summer in an effort to gauge the economic impact of agricultural fairs.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports 4-H Club members plan to survey people who attend the Adams County Fair later this month.

Those surveys are part of a project carried out by the University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs. Bill Fugate of the fair association says the results will be used to seek continued funding from state lawmakers.

The project began in June at the Greene County Fair and continues through early September in DeKalb.

Other counties where fair surveys will be conducted are Champaign, Clark, Fayette, Hamilton, Lake, Marshall, Mason, Massac, Mercer, Monroe, Richland and Whiteside.

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