Controversial rock musician Ted Nugent is performing at the Freeborn County Fair on Friday – and not everyone is happy about it.
The fair in Albert Lea has come into for criticism over its decision to book the entertainer, known for his outspoken right-wing views and foul language.
Those objecting to his place on the bill will be holding a rally on Friday, called the "Rally for Civility," at New Denmark Park, which will be a "free folk concert and kids' carnival," according to its event page.
Organizers wrote to the Albert Lea Tribune that the county fair board has a mission statement to hold a "moral, clean fair which will command the support of the whole community."
"It has usually upheld that standard," the piece continues, "but this year it has brought in a performer who habitually denigrates women and minorities in public forums."
"One of his songs ("Jailbait”) describes his sexual pursuit of a 13-year-old girl. We’re disturbed by his pattern of behavior and even more disturbed that he was chosen to represent our fair in spite of it. We want to send a positive message that Albert Lea is a civil, welcoming community and a great place to raise children."
Speaking to ABC 6, fair entertainment director Mike Woitas said that the "Cat Scratch Fever" performer was picked for the event because he provides something a bit different from other country music singers.
"By far he's been the biggest draw, the biggest talk around the county and around the country," he told the TV station.
Around 100 people are expected at the rally, but this will pale in comparison to the crowd expected for Nugent's show.
But organizer Jennifer Vogt-Erickson doesn't mind, telling ABC 6: "I have lots of family who are Ted Nugent fans, so I kind of understand it, but I just wish there could be less name-calling."
The New York Daily News reports that Nugent "regularly offends liberals with chestnuts like, 'If Islam is the religion of peace, then I'm a malnourished, tofu-eating anti-hunter.'"
He also referred to President Obama as a "piece of s---" during a concert in 2007.