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Poll: Readers don't plan to attend 2008 county fair

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Four-year-old Kaylee Miller readies to take a bite of her strawberry ice cream at the Clay County 4-H Fair Sunday. Kaylee is the daughter of Rob and Lori Miller, Clay City.
Although the Clay County 4-H Fair is set to kick off today, according to the latest Brazil Times' online poll, most will not be attending.

The Times recently asked its online readers, "Do you plan on attending the 2008 Clay County 4-H Fair?"

Readers were given three options, including:

* Yes. I have children involved in the fair,

* I might, but probably not, or

* No. I won't be attending this year.

A total of 210 readers responded to the poll, with 104 (49.5 percent) stating they would not be attending the fair.

Fifty-nine voters, however, said they would.

Of the 210 readers that responded, 59 voters represented 28.1 percent.

A total of 47 readers (22.4 percent) said they might attend the fair.

Four readers also responded to the poll.

One reader said, "They never have anything out there. It is a big area, use it. Make more people want to come. Offer more things besides just animals."

The current Times' online poll question deals with sales tax at the state level.

Recently, Democratic candidate for State Representative in District 44 Nancy Michael conducted a press conference in Clay County asking Gov. Mitch Daniels to suspend the sales tax on gasoline for the remainder of the summer.

The Times is asking its readers, "Do you support suspending the sales tax on gasoline?"

Readers are given two options to choose from, including:

* Yes I do, or

* No I don't.

As always, readers are encouraged to comment on the poll question.

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Do you realize there were not enough responses to this poll? Had one of the choices been "Yes, I will be attending the fair." then I'm POSITIVE your headlines would read differently. The only yes response included "because I have kids in 4-H". Many, many people attend the 4-H fair and do not have children in 4-H. Thanks to your headlines, it appears that Clay County is not supportive of the 4-H fair, which is just not the case. Can you reprint something positive please?

-- Posted by LEEJDC on Mon, Jul 14, 2008, at 8:56 AM

I agree with the previous post. Several people attend the fair whether it be for a family member, the animals, or the food. There should have been a yes I am going response option. Good Luck 4Hers

-- Posted by dmh15 on Mon, Jul 14, 2008, at 1:13 PM

These polls are about worthless. There were a couple hundred people there yesterday anyway, which is almost as many as your poll pulled out of the opinion woodwork.

Now someone will waste time writing to the Editor again to blast you for panning the fair.

Front page news no less?

-- Posted by Gunslinger on Mon, Jul 14, 2008, at 7:07 PM

I also want to speak up for "our fair". The fair offers many opportunities that make it well worth visiting. You hear all the time that Brazil does not offer things for youths to do. The 4-H program is a wonderful thing to get your children involved in. As soon as you join you will have a support system that will encourage your child.

You do not have come from the farm to find many projects to be involved in. Through the Jr. Leaders program, 4-H will help your teen learn skills that will help them in their adult life. Through Mini 4H your little ones will have a great time and will be thrilled with the ribbons they will receive at the fair. Through the specialty clubs your child will be able to find subjects that will fit their personality and interests from Cat/Dog clubs,Archery,ATV clubs and more.

Even if you do not have a child in 4-H the dinners every night are wonderful and there is other goodies to be found. Seeing all the projects in the exhibit hall is really nice. There are many events to see. The animal barns are very educational. You can ask most any kid in the barns about their animal and they will politely answer any questions. I know for myself I have a new respect for how much work goes into showing an animal.

The fair grounds is a family atmosphere. It is a welcoming place and well worth the time in going. I encourage everyone to invest in our community and support a program that Clay County can't afford to loose. It truly is an investment in our children's future.

-- Posted by localgal on Mon, Jul 14, 2008, at 7:25 PM

I got on here to post and noticed that LEEJDC thought the same thing I did. The choices on the poll sucked. I saw the poll and did not respond because none of the choices fit me. "Yes I plan to attend but I do NOT have children involved in the fair." The negative headline stinks. I am an advertiser in this newspaper and a proud 10-year member of 4-H. It is a disgrace for our newspaper to print a negative headline about the fair. Those kids work their butts off to get their projects done well and on time. They need to see a little bit of media support!

Out of the 4 responses to the poll you had to pick something so negative to print. How do you expect business owners in this community to continue to support a paper that prints a very discouraging article about our fair?

If you haven't had a chance to make it out, the fair is really nice, the evening meals are good, the AMAX building is full, and the shows are wonderful. Good job 4-H! Keep up the good work!

-- Posted by dmbfan6277 on Mon, Jul 14, 2008, at 10:11 PM

I will also agree with all else, that my answer would have been yes, but I don't have children in the fair yet. Your choices were terrible and I would have thought that you would have realized that when you looked at them, it was the first thing I thought and obviously many others as well. I know that when I go (and it will probably be more than once) I am sure to see many people who have no children participating. Also, why put a negative spin on the fair, you are only doing harm to a great county event. It is no wonder many local people choose not to receive the local paper when you don't support your community.

-- Posted by IMHO on Tue, Jul 15, 2008, at 1:47 PM

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