Some locals say having Ted Nugent perform at the fair would reflect tolerance of racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, xenophobia and ableism.
"It’s about defending community standards of civility."

By Staff

Ted Nugent may not receive the warmest of welcomes when he takes the stage this Friday (Aug 5) at the Freeborn County Fair.

A group of local residents fear the classic rocker will bring hate and bigotry to their otherwise civil community. Nugent has been identified as someone who flies in the face of their “Choose Civility” campaign, which promotes respect, consideration, empathy, and tolerance.

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According to the Minnesota Star Tribute, the Motor City Madman is booked to play August 5 and some have asked the fair’s board members to reconsider.

Former social studies teacher and resident, Jennifer Vogt-Erickson, wrote to the fair’s board of directors, imploring them to cancel Nugent’s appearance. “The fair reflects the values of the entire county and having Ted Nugent perform at the fair would reflect tolerance of racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, xenophobia, ableism, and incivility toward people who protest his remarks or cancel his shows.”

“Belittle, dehumanize, invalidate, repeat,” Vogt-Erickson continued. “This is clearly beyond political differences. It’s about defending community standards of civility.” Vogt-Erickson also points out the fair is a non-profit organization, and therefore all those who pay for admission are subsidizing its live performances which also include LOCASH, Chris Janson, Jarrod Niemann and Charlie Daniels Band.

Fair manager, Norm Fredin, said board members did not expect the backlash against the choice. And according to Fredin, the County Fair had a contract and “couldn’t cancel Nugent even if they wanted to,” notes the Star Tribune.

So, it appears the show will go on despite community members asserting Nugent follows none of the Choose Civility project’s 11 rules:

  1. Pay Attention
  2. Acknowledge Others
  3. Think the Best
  4. Listen
  5. Be Inclusive
  6. Speak Kindly
  7. Respect Others’ Opinions
  8. Apologize Earnestly
  9. Accept and Give Constructive Criticism
  10. Refrain From Idle Complaints
  11. Respect the Environment and Be Gentle to Animals

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