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Delaware County Fair

Seward’s Dairy Showmanship Skills On Display At Delaware County Fair

Seward’s Dairy Showmanship Skills

On Display At Delaware County Fair

For the third year in a row, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, participated Friday in the VIP Dairy Showmanship event at the Delaware County Fair, teamed up with Madison Miller of Hobart, a Delaware Academy FFA member, and her Brown Swiss, Lavender. “It was inspiring to meet with several of our Delaware County FFA students at the Delaware County Fair and learn from them during the VIP Dairy Showmanship event,” said the senator, who is a consistent winner of the state Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends” award.
Stars & Bars Foe Takes Photos, Banned At Fair

Stars & Bars Foe Takes

Photos, Banned At Fair

Deputies Escort Leslie Kauffman Off Grounds

Leslie Kauffman at Sunday’s Fair for All press conference.

WALTON – A former rabbit barn superintendent of the Delaware County Fair was escorted off premises by deputies and barred from ever returning for taking photographs of merchandise bearing the Confederate flag, according to a press release issued today by Fair for All, the group protesting Stars & Bars at the week-long event.

Leslie Kauffman, a co-founder of the group Fair for All, which has been campaigning to end the sale of the flag at the fair, attended the fair on Tuesday with her two children and, while there, took photographs of Confederate flag merchandise available for sale.

Fair Gates Closed On Stars And Bars Foes

600 Sign Petition For Ban

Fair Gates Closed On

Stars And Bars Foes

“We are moved that so many people in our area have the courage to stand up against hate and racism at our fair – and in our area,” Fair for All co-founder Christine Hunt Wood tells 50 supporters at a press conference today outside the gates of the Delaware County Fair in Walton. (Christopher Brown photo)

WALTON – Fifty participants in the Fair for All movement seeking a ban on the sale of Confederate flags at the Delaware County Fair today were barred at the fair gates from delivering a 600-signature petition, according to spokesperson Laura McClure.

When the 50 Fair for All supporters approached the gate, a security guard closed it, said McClure.  Then Ed Rossley, president of the fair board, arrived, told them they could not enter, and declined to accept the petition.   The fair board’s secretary later accepted the document, the spokesperson said.

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