Marysville Mayor Chris Schmenk, Marysville City Council members and Police Chief Floyd Golden have added their names to a growing list of government officials opposing plans to sell beer at the Union County Fair next month.

Marysville Mayor Chris Schmenk, Marysville City Council members and Police Chief Floyd Golden have added their names to a growing list of government officials opposing plans to sell beer at the Union County Fair next month.

Despite objections from Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson and the Union County Commissioners, members of the Union County Fair Board said beer sales will occur at this year's county fair.

Union County Fair Board members plan to permit beer sales in a designated beer garden area during this year's fair, which will run from July 21-27.

During Thursday night's council meeting, members unanimously approved an emergency resolution opposing the sale of beer at the fair. The resolution was a statement of support for the positions already taken by the county commissioners and sheriff.

Marysville City Council President John Gore said he thought the idea to sell beer at the fair was a bad one.

"In discussions with the administration and with the police chief, our concern is with the fairgrounds being located in the city limits, anyone leaving the fairgrounds will be entering onto city streets," Gore said. "It is the opinion of this council, along with the commissioners and the sheriff that the county fair's intention is to be a place for the 4-H clubs, and showing of animals and harness racing and all of that. Those are the things that for all of these years the county fair has been for."

Gore said he didn't like the idea of a beer garden on the fairgrounds while youngsters are on the grounds, some of them camping out overnight for the week.

"Having said that, I'll also go on the record saying I'm not opposed to anyone having a beer," Gore said. "But we have a number of fine establishments in this community where, if someone wants a beer, I'm sure they are more than welcome to purchase their beer there and it's not necessary to purchase it on the fairgrounds."

Councilman and former fair board member Nevin Taylor said he understood why the fair board wanted to have beer sales, but disagreed.

"As a person who is involved and has been on the fair board, I understand their concern to try to raise money," Taylor said. "But I believe trying to raise it by selling alcohol where lots of students, not just 4-H members but FFA members and other rural youth, scouts are, it's just the wrong place."

Taylor said that while beer is sold at the Richwood Festival, Marysville's Uptown Friday Night events and others, he thinks the county fair is different.

"It's a whole different ball game when you're talking about a seven-day affair that kids are at 24-7," Taylor said. "I feel their decision to try to raise money was the wrong call."

Councilman Mark Reams said he was disappointed with how the fair board reached its decision.

"One of my biggest disappointments was just reading how it was handled by the fair board," Reams said. "They denied that the decision had been made, that it wasn't set in stone, and then later we find out, 'oh, yeah, we did pass that back in April.' I was extremely disappointed in how that was handled, how they closed the meeting, perhaps illegally, and went into executive session to discuss this matter. It's just disappointing, the manner in which it was handled."