NORWICH – The Chenango County Agricultural Society recently announced that offensive flags, including the Confederate Flag, are no longer allowed at the Chenango County Fair due to public safety concerns.
According to Chenango County Agricultural Society President Mary C. Weidman, the Chenango County Agricultural Society is proud to host the Chenango County Fair which showcases the agricultural and horticultural exhibits of Chenango County.
“We do all that we can to foster a fun and educational atmosphere of inclusion, tolerance and respect for our fair attendees,” said Weidman. “We request that vendors refrain from selling or displaying products that may offend or those that may pose a public health or safety concern. Our vendors will have contractual requirements to comply with that request.”
“We stand firm against bias of all kinds at our fair and want to represent the best of Chenango County.”
Weidman said the change took place after activist group, The People’s Movement for Equality Representatives, lobbied fair officials.
Group member Amanda Mills, spoke with the board to discuss why the move was warranted.
When asked about decision, Mills said removing flags like the Confederate Flag is a win for everyone.