The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/Q93Nou) that the Confederate flag was flown last week next to the American flag near the entrance of the fairgrounds west of Las Cruces. It was taken down late Friday afternoon shortly after county officials were notified.
County officials did not know how long it flew over the fairgrounds.
Dona Ana County Commission Chairwoman Karen Perez says officials were trying to figure out who was behind the joke. She called the move a "disgrace."
The county owns the fairgrounds and hosted the 46th annual Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo last week.