The rocker has long been a controversial figure due to his outspoken right-wing views and in 2014 sparked outrage by calling U.S. President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel".

He is also a campaigner for gun rights, and has been accused of making homophobic, anti-Semitic, racist and sexist comments.

According to editors at the Minnesota Star Tribune, a group of residents are angry the musician has been booked to play at the event on Friday (5Aug16) and want him removed from the bill.

In a letter addressed to community leaders aimed at stopping the performance, local teacher Jennifer Vogt-Erickson writes, "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."

She adds, "We don't want to let our students of color and our girls down by being silent."

Vogt-Erickson states that she is less concerned about Nugent's political views than by his derogatory language and offensive remarks.

"This is clearly beyond political differences. It's about defending community standards of civility," she explains.

However the fair manager, Norm Fredin told the paper that their contract with Nugent meant they couldn't cancel the show, and that despite fair goers receiving free admission additional reserved tickets to the show were, "almost sold out."

The group of residents are planning to protest the county fair and organise a performance of alternative folk music in competition to Nugent's Friday gig, according to the publication.