Did anyone else take note of the abundance of confederate flags spread across the Canfield Fair this year?
The display of "stars and bars" merchandise was concentrated at the stands of many of the private vendors, and not at official Canfield Fair buildings.
Given the spread of confederate imagery over the fairgrounds however, it makes one wonder how inviting the Canfield Fair is to the families and individuals who are visiting our Valley's wonderful event.
The truth is, these colors do run.
History from 144 years ago proves this fact.
But the colors are on an upswing is seems, as evident in $3 confederate ball caps and nylon flags made in China that one was able to purchase at the Fair.
Let's just hope in the future less of the Fair descends into a dirt-mall merchandising opportunity with bargain buckets of confederate socks.
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It needs to be emphasized that the sale of confederate material is just one small component of a overwhelming positive Canfield Fair.
Just as lemon shakes and corndogs and meat-stuffed hungarian peppers are big sellers in the free market, in all likelihood, the confederate material may also sell well.
Usually what sells is what get placed on the shelves.
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For another example, at this Sunday's event downtown, marijuana-themed t-shirts and goods were for sale, as were large hangings promoting alcohol taped to historic buildings.
Does this mean the organizers of these events are at fault?
I'd argue not to make the organizers a villain in any of this discussion, but it doesn't mean the organizers don't have influence over the environment at their public events.
what do you think?
mangage the merchandise? or much ado about nothing?