I did speak with Mr. Kriss and I did make the statement that he quoted me on about several concerned mothers asking about our policy concerning women going shirtless. The North Carolina Mountain State is a family event and we want all fairgoers to dress appropriately. Mr. Kriss failed to mention my statement about the requirement of shoes being a safety measure. We want to ensure the safety of all of our patrons and feel that the need for shoes in a venue of this type and size is a valid concern.
When I told Mr. Kriss that barefoot patrons could step on a piece of glass, a rock or even a piece of equipment, which could possibly cause a foot injury, he told me he had videos of him walking on glass with his calloused feet. My conclusion is that Mr. Kriss is the exception to the rule. To my knowledge Mr. Kriss was not refused entry to the fair for whatever reason so I have concluded that he was simply offended by the presence of our sign.
— Matt Buchanan
WNC Agricultural Center