County Fair Research Is the Focus of a News Bureau Interview
As a graduate student in Urban and Regional Planning, Alex Norr studied the impact of county fairs on the Illinois economy as a whole and in individual communities around the state. His report created in conjunction with the University of Illinois Extension was completed in January. In a recent interview with Jodi Heckel of the News Bureau he noted that across Illinois, county fairs generate approximately 1,000 jobs per year, and here in the central part of the state they contribute about $17 million to the economy through money spent on gas, hotels, food, and services outside the fairgrounds. Rural areas depend more heavily on revenue from fairs, and all organizers are continuing to look for new activities and events to increase attendance.