Dixie Classic Fair gets a new name?

Dixie Classic Fair gets a new name?
May 16
02:10 2019

Winston-Salem has agreed to change the name of its long-running Dixie Classic Fair, the city’s mayor confirms.

Mayor Allen Joines says the Fair Planning Committee met Wednesday, April 22 and is beginning the process of changing the fair’s name.

Joines says they are considering a set of names but plan to reach out to the public for suggestions as well.

In early April, the city council was urged to remove “Dixie” from the name. Several community leaders said they felt that the word is offensive because of its association with slavery in the south. 

A public hearing was held on May 7, where the discussion about the name change became heated. 

Citizens may submit suggestions for the new name at  Name ideas will be accepted through June 3.  The Fair Planning Committee plans to finalize their recommendations at their June 10 meeting.

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