Confederate flag flying at local fairs this summer
Aug 01, 2015 11:46 am
The Confederate flag is flying over the Ulster County Fair this weekend. After Gary Newkirk, the fair manager, first told The Watershed Post that they would not allow the flags, they issued a press release saying that Confederate flags are allowed at the Ulster County Fair. "When the Watershed Post called Newkirk asking for an explanation about the discrepancy between his two statements, an aide in his office refused to put Newkirk on the phone and then hung up," the online journal reports. They also quoted Delaware County Fair officials welcoming the flags at their fair in a few weeks. In Greene County, Richard Bear, the former head of the Greene County Youth Fair, told The Watershed Post that there was no formal ban on Confederate flags at this year’s event. “We didn't have T-shirt vendors, or vendors of any sort that I think would portray that,” Bear said. "I don't care one way or the other. It's a part of history." The State Fair has banned the flag this year. Read the full story in The Watershed Post.