Thu
Feb 9 2017
12:25 pm

Let's face it, there is a fair bit of alcohol consumption at public events. Isn't it time the County and the cities sold it to take control over it and make the revenue it would bring in?

Most municipalities start with limited sales in a designated area to see how it goes. History shows that it goes quite well in every place that has made the move to allow controlled sales of alcohol at events.

Oak Ridge is selling beer and wine at it's Secret City Festival:

After some questions and debate, the Oak Ridge Beer Permit Board voted unanimously to again allow the Secret City festival to have beer sales this year.

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WC

I'm not sure that "(h)istory shows that it goes quite well in every place that has made the move to allow controlled sales of alcohol at events." I remember Fenway Park in Boston. Beer was served at baseball games. Folks in the stands would get beered up and throw things at the crowd sitting farther down. It was downright dangerous to sit in the stands.

In my experience crowds are not improved with alcohol. I miss Roane County's dry days.

-- OneTahiti

I certainly understand your point of view, OneT

I have produced a byob music venue for the last 4 and a half years with absolutely zero problem. The officers I've spoken with tell me the people who are the problems are drinking, whether it is legal or not. Keeping events dry only affects the responsible folks.

If I recall correctly...

Didn't Kingston do something like that for last year's Smokin the Water festivities? I believe it went off with no additional problams - other than, as you mentioned for your venue, the people who are acting illegally anyway. I don't recall hearing any calls about alcohol problems (although I have slept since then).

RB

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