New Castle News

August 15, 2013

Lawrence County Fair: Vendor evicted from event

Debbie Wachter
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A man who set up a booth at the Lawrence County Fair has been evicted from the grounds.

A caller to the New Castle News reported the booth, located on the west side of the midway, had been displaying a T-shirt with racist overtones. The vendor also was selling brass knuckles, the caller said, adding security officers had noticed the items.

“He was removed,” Ed Newcaster, head of security at the fair, said Wednesday.

Newcaster, who works for Security Services of Butler, said the man, who had registered as Jones of Indiana, had been thrown out of the fair last year as well.

Newcaster said the reason for removing the stand from the midway was that the owner was selling offensive weapons which, under the Pennsylvania Criminal Code, are prohibited.

The booth’s merchandise, in addition to brass knuckles, included police-type batons, battle axes, tomahawks and air guns that shoot yellow BBs, Newcaster said.

He said he saw no evidence of racist T-shirts at the stand, although the booth was offering some T-shirts, along with military and confederate flags.

Ron McConahy, the fair board vice president, said that when the man registered this year, his name was overlooked in the office as having been shut down last year.

“We’re trying to keep this a family affair,” McConahy commented, “and we’re not promoting those types of things.”

A Mexican-style food concession has since moved into its place.