Ohio Sheriff Asks Fairgoers to Keep Confederate Flag at Home

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio sheriff has asked fairgoers to leave Confederate flags at home after the display of a flag led to a fight.

No one was hurt at the Clark County Fair Friday but a 17-year-old boy was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct after arguing with deputies.

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly says he wants people to understand the flag is currently a point of contention.

Kelly also says displaying the flag is a form of free speech and he won’t infringe on anyone’s rights.

Clark County Fair Director Allan Hess says he’s not aware of any complaints about the flag and to his knowledge no vendor is selling it.

Ohio State Fair officials said earlier this month vendors won’t be permitted to sell Confederate flag merchandise.