The Controversy Over the Confederate Flag Swirls at Local Music Festival

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It’s been taken down at government buildings, taken off of shelves at stores, and even removed from TV shows but the Confederate Battle Flag is still a huge part of the country music scene this week in Belmont County.

Driving down National Road, you can see the flags being flown, being sold and even being worn despite the national controversy.

The people flying them and the people selling them say they’re not about to change anything.

 “It’s here to stay, that’s a big thing this year and for you to find one of those…..” said Toni Shelton of Reedsville, West Virginia. “Like we’ve had people come up to us asking if we’re selling our flag. I don’t even know why they’re making a big issue about it, it’s not coming down, no body’s going to put it down.”

“They’re selling like wildfire, we don’t have enough to keep in stock, it’s just ridiculous,” said Tim Thomas of Jamboree Time Products of Youngstown, Ohio. “A lot of people are into the Rebel Flag because of all the controversy about that and they’re trying to rebel against it so we’re gonna keep everything we can keep on the shelves.”

7 News has reached out to LiveNation who is putting on the concert as to whether or not they would allow Confederate Flags inside the venue. They have not responded.

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