‘Dixie Classic Fair’ bans even armed law enforcement


In case you missed it in our previous alert
The leftists controlling the City Council in Winston-Salem have long tried to ban guns wherever they can — whether they can do so legally or not. After GRNC shepherded passage of concealed carry in parks, we had to sue the city to get them to comply with state law and remove signs prohibiting concealed carry in parks.

The city council is not listening to you, so below, find out how you can contact the council members personally* to insist on proper action.

Now in an apparent effort to re-create the tragedy of the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, Winston-Salem, at its Dixie Classic Fair, is illegally prohibiting not only concealed carry by lawful permit-holders, but even armed off-duty law enforcement officers. Given the porous security in place at the fair, the resulting victim disarmament zone only serves to attract criminals and violent sociopaths. If the worst happens, rest assured that the leftists of the Winston-Salem City Council and Mayor Allen Joines will undoubtedly call for restrictions on your right to keep and bear arms.
Predictably, one Facebook page even describes an individual who went to the fair against his own better judgment, leaving his gun in his car, only to return and find his firearm stolen from his vehicle – something gun control advocates will also undoubtedly blame on gun owners.
The city falsely justifies its action by claiming that state law allows it to prohibit guns on city property, while neatly avoiding the fact that statewide firearm preemption only allows cities to ban guns “on local government buildings and their appurtenant premises” – not in whole fairgrounds.
Ironically, the Winston-Salem City Council is already under fire for voting to rename the Dixie Classic Fair in 2020 in what represents yet another leftist effort to eradicate southern heritage in the name of political correctness. So let Mayor Joines and the City Council know that not only will you be avoiding the Dixie Classic Fair, but that you will be avoiding spending money in Winston-Salem altogether for as long as the city continues its illegal efforts to restrict lawful concealed carry.
Unfortunately, the council has not responded appropriately to the public's demand for sanity. Therefore, we are now asking pro-gun voters to not only email the council members but to phone them as well. Below, find details on how to do just that.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Phone each council member only once, and be sure to remain polite. Your calls are completely proper and within the expectations of holding public office. However, multiple phone calls to a single member, or impoliteness, could be considered harassment.





  • PHONE THE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE WINSTON-SALEM CITY COUNCILUse the personal contact information provided below, and leave the phone message provided here.
    (Remember: Phone each council member only once, and be sure to remain polite. Your calls are completely proper and within the expectations of holding public office. However, multiple phone calls to a single member, or impoliteness, could be considered harassment).

    Hello, my name is ____________ and I'm calling to insist that the Winston-Salem City Council choose reason over a blatant anti-Second Amendment agenda. I understand, at its Dixie Classic Fair, the city is illegally prohibiting not only concealed carry by lawful permit-holders, but even armed off-duty law enforcement officers. This is as outrageous as it is illegal, and ultimately endangers everyone except the criminals the policy is presumably in place to protect. I demand that you correct this unlawful and dangerous policy immediately, or you can be sure I will not be attending the fair, nor will I be spending a dime at any Winston-Salem businesses now or in the future. Thank you.

  • EMAIL THE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE WINSTON-SALEM CITY COUNCILLet them know that you do not appreciate their endangering the innocent in pursuit of their anti-gun agenda. Use the copy/paste email list provided below, and the copy/paste text provided under 'Deliver This Message.'
Phone Numbers:
MAYOR:  Allen Joines (No email listed) 336-727-2058
Annette Scippio 336-771-5175
Denise D. Adams 336-757-0036
Vivian H. Burke 336-661-6460
Jeff MacIntosh 336-771-5178
John C. Larson 336-771-5176
James Taylor, Jr. 336-757-2110
Dan Besse 336-760-4678
Robert C. Clark 336-416-0190











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Suggested Subject: Stop endangering the innocent!

Dear Council Member

I am writing today to express my disagreement with your false belief that disarming the innocent will protect the innocent.  The fact is that 94% of Mass Public Shootings take place in so-called ‘gun-free’ zones. That is what you want to create at the fairgrounds and it will endanger the public.
Perhaps you are unaware of the other fact that by definition, criminals do not obey the law.  Therefore, those who would be the first responder to any emergency will be disarmed by your misguided actions.  Those who don’t abide by the law – better known as criminals – don’t care about violating your ineffective policies, just as they don’t care about violating the law.
The fence around the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California failed to keep out a criminal bent on mayhem, just as the fence around the fairgrounds will also fail to keep out any miscreants.  This is why I will be taking the sensible action of avoiding both the fair and spending money in the city of Winston-Salem until you reverse this absurd and misguided virtue signaling. I will be monitoring your actions on this important matter through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina. 




We are proud to announce the repeal of CHP restrictions on county property, with a final vote of 5-2 in Lee County, with 2 Democrats in the majority joining with 3 Republicans in the minority to pass the measure.

GRNC was pivotal in helping to make this happen, with GRNC representatives speaking in favor of repeal at town meetings, GRNC-supporting citizens doing likewise, along with our pressure applied through our email alerts.

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