Council Okays Beer Tent For Chili Cookoff
Archbold Village Council approved a temporary liquor permit that will allow the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce to operate a beer tent.
Council approved the request at its Monday night, Aug. 18 meeting.
The chamber wishes to set up the tent for the Saturday, October 4 Chili Cookoff, which will be held downtown.
Nanette Buehrer, chamber director, said the tent would be erected on West Holland Street, between North Defiance and Ditto streets.
It will open from 2 to 5 pm. Admission would be strictly controlled; no one under 21 will be allowed in, and no one will be allowed to leave the tent with a beer.
In response to a question from Ed Leininger, councilman, Buehrer said control will be very tight. The identification of everyone, no matter what their age, will be checked. Those entering the tent will be given a wristband.
Kevin Eicher, councilman, asked who would be checking IDs. Buehrer said volunteers working the tent would be trained by both Archbold Police and the beer distributor on topics such as how to check out-ofstate identifications.
Kevin Morton, councilman, asked how the chamber planned to handle cases of "over-consumption."
Buehrer said Archbold police officers said they will be available to assist if there are problems.
Eicher asked how many entries and exits the tent will have; Buehrer said that had not been decided. Chamber wants the tent to be convenient for patrons, but there will be no more than two.
Kenny Cowell, councilman, asked about liability issues. Buerher said the chamber will add the village to its own insurance policy.
Buerher said the Chili Cookoff is a family event. It will start at 11 am and wrap up by 3 pm. The beer tent won't open until 2 pm, and will close at 5 pm.
She said she believed most of the families will have left by the time the beer tent gets started.
The liquor permit the chamber is requesting from the Ohio Department of Liquor Control is a Type F, which is valid for the sale of beer only for up to five days. It allows the sale of beer until 1 am.
The Department of Liquor Control charges $40 for the permit.
To obtain the permit, Buehrer said she needed to have the approval of the property owner; in this case, the village, and the local police.