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This report discusses the outcome of a pilot survey of six rural county fairs and whether the county fair venue could serve as a location for conducting an annual, low-cost survey of rural Minnesota residents. The report outlines the primary findings, which show the relatively positive outlook and high level of civic engagement of survey takers, and then discusses the challenges of sampling at county fair venues. It concludes that county fairs present too many obstacles to permit representative sampling of these areas.
Center for Small Towns
rural survey, rural life outlook, civic engagement, county fairs
Rose, Roger P. and Lindberg, Tim, "Rural Life & Engagement: Public Views from Minnesota County Fairs" (2016). Center for Small Towns. 75.