The Frederick Fair Board (and sponsors) should bear some responsibility for the tragic violence that occurred this year. Frankly, if your key slogan is “Get Your Ass Down to the Fair,” (even in the family-friendly City Streets family tent), you are inviting a rowdy crowd and bad behavior. Before the start of the fair, I (and others) asked for a change, and even wrote a letter to the editor to raise awareness. The Fair Board, apparently, wanted to “try something new” … and new is what they got. We do things different here in Frederick for good reason. Its time to speak up and raise our standards to meet our rich legacy and proud history. Francis Scott Key would be proud.