- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Agriculture is surveying Illinois State Fair attendees about what they did and didn’t like about the event after attendance dropped more than 13 percent this year.

The department is asking people who attended the August fair in Springfield to complete a 35-question survey by Dec. 31, the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers (https://bit.ly/2htxBAR ) reported.

Department spokeswoman Rebecca Clark said the surveys for more than 80,000 people started going out Friday via email. She said this is the first survey the department has distributed online.

Participants are asked to rate the quality of the fairgrounds’ appearance, exhibits, entertainment and food, among other questions.

Officials believe this year’s lower attendance was due to heavy rain, power outages and high temperatures. Some fair vendors believe the increase in adult admission price is also a reason for the decline in attendance.

The survey also asks participants whether the price of admission to the fair should be included with the price of Grandstand concert tickets.

Officials noted that ticket sales for Grandstand concerts by performers such as popstar Meaghan Trainor and rock band Kiss reached a record $2.08 million.

Clark said staff will analyze the results and work to improve the fair experience in the future.

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Information from: Herald & Review, https://www.herald-review.com


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