Confederate flag flown at NM fair as ‘joke’

October 9, 2012 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County officials say a Confederate flag was mysteriously flown at the Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo in an apparent joke.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports [auth] ( that the Confederate flag was flown last week next to the American flag near the entrance of the fairgrounds west of Las Cruces. It was taken down late Friday afternoon shortly after county officials were notified.

County officials did not know how long it flew over the fairgrounds.

Dona Ana County Commission Chairwoman Karen Perez says officials were trying to figure out who was behind the joke. She called the move a “disgrace.”

The county owns the fairgrounds and hosted the 46th annual Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo last week.

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