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Buy a Farm for $100?
Frustrated in his attempt to sell his hog farm on the real estate market, John Taylor, Sauk City, Wis., attempted to give his farm to the person who came closest to correctly guessing the average daily temperature for April, in the nearby capital city of Madison.
Contestants paid $100 per guess, or 11 guesses for $1,000 and guessed to the nearest tenth of a degree. Since the contest featured some degree of skill, it was legal with the state, says Taylor.
The 'correct' answer would be the average temperature as recorded and calculated by the National Weather Service in Madison. As a tie-breaker, contestants were also asked to guess the temperature for a specific day in May.
However, Taylor told FARM SHOW that the contest fell short of his goal of 1,800 replies totaling $180,000. On the entry deadline of April 1, he'd collected $30,000. The money is being returned and he's once again trying more conventional means of selling his farm.


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1985 - Volume #9, Issue #3