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Columbia County Fair flys rebel flags

Sep 06, 2015 12:05 am
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Photo from Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center Facebook feed.[/caption]

Many Facebook feeds throughout the area are filled with photo of Confederate flag memorablia for sale from vendors at the Columbia County Fair this weekend. The fair closes Sun., Sept. 6, and since Sept. 2, vendors at the fair have been selling items with the stars and bars. The Staley B. Keith Center for Social Justice Facebook feed includes several photos, and quotes the fair's leader. “For some time it has been our policy to discourage the sale and display of Confederate flags and other objectionable materials at the Columbia County Fair,” said Nelson Alford, a lawyer who is the fair’s president of the board. “The policy’s in place; it has worked very well and will continue.” The New York State Fair banned the flags this year, while officials at the Delaware County County Fair welcomed them, and Greene County Youth Fair officials looked the other way.