Judge upholds Pemberville couple's ban from entering Wood Co. fair

A federal judge's decision will continue to keep a northwest Ohio couple from attending a county fair this and the following two summers.

The judge has denied a request for a temporary restraining order against the Wood County Fair Board filed by a Pemberville couple that was banned from attending the fair for three years following an incident in which their son and other children allegedly spit on a lamb in a 2012 fair contest.

Linette and Dan Kemner sued the board in March alleging civil rights violations and the suit is pending in federal court.

U.S. District Court Judge James Carr, in his written opinion this week, said issuing the temporary order could undermine the board's "efforts to provide an orderly fair."