Hours after the McHenry County Fair Association announced that Motor City Madman Ted Nugent would be headlining the annual event Aug. 3, a number of residents said they will boycott the entire fair.
Commenters on the fair’s Facebook page said Nugent – known for hit songs such as “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Stranglehold” – does not represent the family-oriented nature of the more than 70-year-old tradition.
Nugent, 70, a conservative activist and member of the National Rifle Association, has invoked his fair share of controversy, both from the content of songs such as “Jailbait” and from his political views.
“Many of Nugent’s songs are not family friendly or are worse, some lyrics talk about sex with underage girls,” a Facebook post on the Democratic Party of McHenry County’s page from Chairwoman Kristina Zahorik read, in part. “His controversial remarks, many during concerts, include calling U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein a ‘worthless [expletive],’ Hillary Clinton a ‘worthless [expletive],’ President Barack Obama a ‘piece of [expletive]’ and some of the survivors of the Parkland school shooting as ‘liars’ and ‘poor mushy-brained children’ after they criticized the National Rifle Association. Nugent is the wrong choice for McHenry County.”
Zahorik said – putting political views aside – that Nugent does not represent the family-friendly vibe of the McHenry County Fair. However, Zahorik said her organization is not calling for a boycott of the fair.
“From our perspective, it’s supposed to be a wholesome, family-friendly adventure, and of all the artists that they could’ve chosen or invited, what message are you sending when you do this?” Zahorik asked.
The county fair will take place from July 30 to Aug. 4 at the fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road in Woodstock.
Tickets for the Nugent concert start at $15 and will be available starting Wednesday at mchenrycountyfair.com, according to the McHenry County Fair Facebook page. Femmes of Rock and Freebird USA also will be performing.
A message to the McHenry County Fair Association wasn’t immediately returned Friday afternoon.