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Ky. State Fair Board votes to ban future sale of items with Confederate Flag emblem

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The Kentucky State Fair Board has passed a ban on the future sale of items with the Confederate Flag symbol. The Kentucky State Fair Board has passed a ban on the future sale of items with the Confederate Flag symbol.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky State Fair Board has passed a ban on the future sale of Confederate Flag merchandise. 

The decision comes after the board received a letter from the Kentucky State Conference of the NAACP President Raoul Cunningham. It asked that the sale or giveaway of any product bearing the image of the Confederate Flag be prohibited at the fair. 

Cunningham says the letter was sent soon after nine people were murdered inside a Charleston, South Carolina church -- for which the suspect has been charged with a hate crime. 

The Confederate Flag has become the center of debate across the country since that tragedy. 

Cunningham calls the board's ban on the emblem an important symbolic move.

"We're very hopeful that it will transcend over into a real understanding and dialogue of race relations, religious relations," he said. 

Board members say the new ban goes beyond what the NAACP requested. It will affect all events the Kentucky State Fair Board controls. 

"You don't want to pick and choose events," said Chairman Mark Lynn. "It's either a policy you adopt or you don't." 

Lynn says in the future, contracts will specifically state you can't sell or giveaway items showing the Confederate Flag. 

If vendors don't abide by this rule, they could be kicked out of the event.

But he says this ban cannot affect current contracts. 

"We'll immediately get verbiage out to all of our vendors that are under current contract recommending that they don't do it for this year," Lynn said. "If they are, we will ask them but current contracts are current contracts." 

The board says if you go to the state fair, you can wear whatever you want -- the ban just affects sales and giveaways. 

This year’s state fair begins Aug. 20 in Louisville.

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