By Andy Tarnoff Publisher Published Jun 29, 2015 at 10:52 AM

It hasn’t been a good month for the Stars and Bars. Only 150 years after it should’ve disappeared for good, national online and brick and mortar retailers have yanked the Confederate battle flag from their shelves and their sites.

In other words, you will no longer find Confederate beach towels, belt buckles or even the General Lee (I’m bummed about that, actually) at Wal-Mart, Amazon, Etsy, eBay or many other stores around America.

Fortunately, you won’t find them at Summerfest, either, in the state that lost 12,216 men to the Civil War.

I asked John Boler, Summerfest’s chief marketing officer, if the festival sold anything emblazoned with that controversial flag.

"We currently have 91 merchandise vendors at Henry Maier Festival Park," he replied. "To the very best of our knowledge, there are no items that feature the Confederate flag designs or imagery."

On my first three visits to Summerfest, I couldn’t find anything, either. I looked all over, although it’s possible I missed a few nooks and crannies. Lots of tacky displays of the American flag, but the "Stainless Banner" was nowhere to be found. Actually, I was a little surprised … but relieved, too.

You can find buy just about anything, classy or tacky, at Summerfest. Want an airbrushed painting of Vince Lombardi? Check. Jonesing for an e-hookah? Look near the Briggs Backyard. Lusting for a toe ring that says Jimmy? You’re in luck.

But if you crave a thong that, at best, celebrates "Southern Pride," and at worst, slavery … you’ll be whistling Dixie.

I expect to have this same discussion with State Fair next month.

A search for "Confederate Flag" on, the night before it removed all listings.

Andy is the president, publisher and founder of OnMilwaukee. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.