|Judge's order keeps couple from attending county fair|
|Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Farm Editor|
|Friday, 02 August 2013 10:44|
The Wood County Agricultural Society's position to ban a Pemberville couple from the Wood County Fair was, at least temporarily, upheld by U.S. District Court Judge James G. Carr.
Linette and Dan Kemner were unanimously banned for three years by the Senior Fair Board last October and confirmed earlier this year.
The couple filed a lawsuit in March regarding the ban which had been imposed last October by the board as a result of an incident on Aug. 2, 2012 at last year's fair.
The 2012 incident began with allegations of some young men harassing another female exhibitor and spitting on her sheep. When the adults became involved including the Kemners and fair officials, the incident escalated to heated arguments and a call to state officials.
On July 18, on behalf of the Kemners, their attorneys filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction
The judge ruled this week on that motion. Court records stated: "Because the balance of equities does not lie with plaintiffs, I deny their motion for a TRO (temporary restraining order)."
Because of the ongoing lawsuit filed by the Kemners, the parties involved are not making any public statements.
Richard King, the fair manager and board secretary, said this morning that the judge "shot down" their request. However he declined to elaborate any further as the lawsuit is ongoing and "we are still on a gag order."
The couple were initially notified of the official ban last October. They asked for the board to reconsider and all parties were heard at the June fair board meeting. After hearing from the parties involved, the board unanimously upheld its decision to ban the couple for three years. Their children and all other youth involved are allowed to participate, attend and enter any or all of the fair events. It is only the two adults who are banned.
In issuing the denial of the TRO, the judge indicated because of the ongoing suit, lifting the ban could cause additional problems at the fair.
|Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 14:44|
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