About two dozen people gathered to hold a “Hate Spoils the Fun” rally at the Delaware County Fair entrance Sunday at about 1 p.m. and were soon asked by Fair President Ed Rossley to leave the fairgrounds in Walton.
Rossley said: “I have no issue with you meeting but not on private property.” Police assisted and the organized group moved to a village sidewalk.
Organized under the motto of “Fair for All,” the group was urging the fair board to ban the sale of items featuring the Confederate flag
Bovina resident Holly Anderson said: “I heard about the protest through Delaware County Solidarity. I came because the Confederate flag doesn’t represent the values of the United States of America and it doesn’t represent the values of Delaware County. Families still live here related to ancestors who fought and died to keep the United States united.”
Davenport resident Mike Empey, an NAACP member, said: “I’ll paraphrase Martin Luther King Jr. ‘Nothing is more dangerous in the world than willful ignorance and a conscientious stupidity.’”
At the rally, speaker Christina Hunt Wood said: “I’m sick of seeing symbols of hate.” Hunt Wood is a local artist and sixth-generation Delaware County resident who said she represented 500 fair attendees who signed letters to the fair board asking them to ban the Confederate flag.
Wood said, “I’m not here on a whim. I researched history. I’ve interviewed others and discovered we perpetuate white superiority every day without even knowing it.”
Delaware County Fair board member and secretary Jason Craig declined to comment on the rally.
In the commercial tent, vendor L&R Enterprises sells flags of all types. American flag, flags for national sports teams, police and military flags, an open for business flag.
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