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Band Banned From Another Fair Due To Name

Jeff Katz
July 25, 2019 - 5:02 pm

The Ulster County (NY) Fair has been asked by a county executive to cancel a performance by country and southern rock band "Confederate Railroad," according to the Daily Freeman.

Pat Ryan sent a letter to the Ulster County Agricultural Society arguing that the license to use the county fairgrounds prohibits the sale of merchandise that bears the Confederate flag. He further said that the band's name and logo, which contains two stars-and-bars flags attached to a locomotive, is considered offensive.

"We ... request that you cancel this performance and replace it with an act that will help create the welcoming atmosphere our residents deserve,” Ryan wrote, the Daily Freeman reports.

The fair runs from July 30 to August 4 and Confederate Railroad is set to perform on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. The Agricultural Society reportedly met Wednesday evening to discuss whether or not to cancel the band's performance.