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Council Supports Beer Sales For Downtown Concert



Archbold Village Council voted unanimously to support the sale of beer during a downtown concert set for June.

Jennifer Kidder, director of Archbold Parks & Recreation, brought the idea to council during its Monday, Jan. 21 meeting.

“I know it’s a big step for Archbold, but I think it’s a way that we can generate some revenue for big projects…” she said.

“The money we raise is going to go to our ball diamond project.

“We’re not going to build the ball diamond with it this year, that’s for sure, but it’s a start, and it can become something big, ultimately.

“So I’m hoping we can kind of move forward with this, with council’s blessing, to be able to have alcohol at this event so we can kind of get everything into place moving forward.”

Backyard Bash

Archbold Parks & Recreation held an event called a Backyard Bash at Memorial Park, June 16, 2018.

Despite temperatures as high as 102 degrees, soon after the event Kidder said it was a great addition to the Parks & Recreation summer programs.

The event consisted of “a (base)ball tournament, we had cornhole, food trucks, and we had a movie in the park,” Kidder said.

“One of the things that we are hoping to do in addition to that this year is to have a concert downtown, which we’re going to be working on sponsorships for.

“What’s different about this is now, we would like the ability to sell alcohol at the event, which is something we haven’t done.”

There have been downtown events in which beer was served in the past.

In 2008, the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce set up a beer tent at the Oct. 4 Chili Cook-Off.

Alcoholic beverages have been allowed at some of the downtown Austin-to-Archbold concerts, but Kidder noted alcohol was not offered for sale; people brought their own.

Kidder also presented information about ribfests in Napoleon and Defiance, and the Hamler Country Fest.

Josh Johnson, recreation program specialist with Archbold Parks & Recreation, talked to persons connected with the Napoleon and Defiance ribfests, who said they would not put on the festivals without the ability to sell alcohol.

“It wouldn’t be worth the money,” she said.

A Lot Must Happen

Jeff Fryman, mayor, asked Kidder if she was asking for permission to sell alcohol.

“There’s a lot that’s got to happen for us to be able to have this event. We have to go through the state and get a (temporary) license,” said Kidder.

Security must be set up, and people must be trained to sell alcohol. Volunteers must also be recruited.

“But you’d like to get it lined up,” Fryman said.

Kevin Eicher, councilman, recommended only selling beer– not offering wine or spirits.

“We’re going to sell beer in cans. It’s the easiest and most economical,” she said.



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