WAYNE COUNTY, Ohio — The Wayne County Fair Board agreed to ban the sale of the Confederate Flag or memorabilia and/or other related items at the Wayne County Fair.
Board members said over the years they have found themselves in the middle of a debate: on one side being asked to ban the sale and display of the Confederate Flag and on the other side the fight to preserve the First Amendment's Freedom of Speech.
“We firmly believe that the protection of the 1st Amendment is vital to the future of our country and the beliefs that it was founded upon. After careful consideration of all aspects in regards to this topic that include safety and security as well as the patrons that are affected by our decision, we believe that this is the time to support our community and especially those that protect and serve us,” the Wayne County Fair Board wrote in a statement.
The Wayne County Fair joins the Medina County Fair, where vendors voluntarily agreed not to sell or display the Confederate Flag this year.