Details about a plan to sell beer at the Union County Fair have not been announced, but Sheriff Rocky Nelson is going on record that he doesn't like the idea.

Details about a plan to sell beer at the Union County Fair have not been announced, but Sheriff Rocky Nelson is going on record that he doesn't like the idea.

This year's fair will run July 21-27 and Nelson said the county fair board is scheduled to discuss the plan June 23.

"I'm not opposed to beer, but I don't feel it's the proper venue," he said. "There are very few places a family can go anymore and know alcohol won't be there."

Nelson said he met June 17 with the fair's beer committee, which is sticking with the plan.

A woman who returned a phone message left by ThisWeek said she represented the fair board and declined comment. She did not leave her name.

"I can't stop it. I have no control over the fair board," the sheriff said.

Nelson said he will make sure the fair stays peaceful, either way.

"There are others who need to feel secure at the county fair. I still have a responsibility to make sure those people feel safe," he said.

He said while he opposes beer being sold at the fair, he understands why fair organizers want to do it.

"They're just looking at a way of bringing in revenue," he said.

Tim Massie, president of the Ohio Fair Managers Association, said his group doesn't take a position on beer sales.

"Each fair has to decide what's best for it," he said.

Delaware County decided that selling beer was best, said Phil Terry, interim director of the Delaware County Fair.

The Delaware fair allows beer sales in specific areas near the racetrack -- home to the annual Little Brown Jug harness race that draws about 50,000 spectators each year -- and patrons cannot carry beer from those areas. Race spectators also have for years been allowed, with some restrictions, to carry alcohol onto the racetrack.

"We had a lot of people here already drinking," Terry said. "We thought it would be better to control it. We have found having control over it has decreased the problems that we've had with beer."

He said he hasn't seen any negative results of beer being sold at the fair.

"We keep a very good eye on it. We make sure it's not permitted in the general fair area and it's not permitted in the junior fair area. We limit it to areas where have some night-time motor events and horse racing," he said.

Union County Chief Deputy Tom Morgan said seven county fairs currently sell beer in Ohio. He said the others are Auglaize, Lake, Lucas, Montgomery, Nobel and Ottawa.

Nelson said the fair board's four-person beer committee will report to the full board June 23. He said he believes the final decision will be made then.