Officials of a mid-Missouri county fair decided to drop this year’s theme over concerns that it sounded too much like the “Make America Great Again” slogan popularized by President Donald Trump.

The board of the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair announced Monday the theme — “Making It Great Again” — would be removed from the fair’s social media and will be covered on already-printed tickets and flyers.

Cole County Jaycees president Shanna Heard says the theme was meant to show the organization is making the fair great again, after receiving complaints the event had gone downhill in recent years.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports Heard acknowledged some people will be upset by the decision but said the board wanted to emphasize fun, not politics, at the fair.

Heard said this year's fair would not have a theme and would simply be the "68th Annual Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair."

The fair runs July 30 to Aug. 4.

Cole County, Missouri Courthouse - Jefferson City
Kurt Parsons

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