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Pendleton Round-Up Host Says No To Confederate Flag Vendor


The vendor Liberty Flags and Gifts out of Douglas County will not be back selling flags on Main Street during the Pendleton Round-Up. The vendor’s application was not approved by the Main Street Cowboys.

The vendor Liberty Flags and Gifts out of Douglas County will not be back selling flags on Main Street during the Pendleton Round-Up. The vendor’s application was not approved by the Main Street Cowboys.

E.J. Harris/East Oregonian

Round-Up week’s most visible purveyor of the Stars and Bars will not be back on Pendleton’s Main Street this year.

The Main Street Cowboys, the organization who hosts vendors and entertainment on Main Street during Round-Up, did not accept the vendor application of Liberty Flags & Gifts. Last year the Douglas County-based vendor drew controversy for prominently displaying and selling Confederate flags and the Cowboys drew their own for driving up and down Main Street with Confederate flags affixed to their vehicles.

Johnny Blagg, the vendor director for the Main Street Cowboys, said the current political climate and the media scrutiny were factors in the organization’s decision to pass on the vendor’s application.

Liberty Flags & Gifts owner Viola Moody said the business has set up a booth on Main Street during the past two Round-Ups, but didn’t receive negative attention until “liberals” complained about the booth when it was placed on the 400 block of South Main Street in 2016.

Read more at the East Oregonian.

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