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Wilson Council discusses open drinking

POSTED: June 8, 2012 7:00 a.m.

The possibility of allowing adults to have open containers of beer outside of the social garden area during the Czech Festival was discussed during Monday’s meeting of the Wilson City Council.
Kayla Cullens, chairwoman of the city’s Czech Festival Committee, asked the council to allow adults attending the festival more space within the Lions Club Park area to consume beer from a specially-marked plastic tumbler. The tumbler could only be purchased if the patron had a Czech Fest wristband. The wristband would signify the patron was of legal age to purchase beer.
Cullens said unless allowing more lattitude for open containers at the Czech Fest is tried, it will never be known if the majority of Wilson citizens are in favor of the matter or not.
“We’ll follow all the rules,” she said. “No coolers will be allowed at all.”
“I’m not for it at all,” said council member Linda Bushnell.
The council asked Wilson City attorney Paul J. Kasper to look into the legalities of the matter and report back before action is taken.

Pick up a copy of the June 7, 2012, edition of the Ellsworth County I-R for more on this story.

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lee: June 15, 2012 1:22 a.m.

I lived in Wilson in the early eightys, there was never a problem with walking around at the Czech festival with a beer in hand, it was great!

djnoclaf48: June 24, 2012 9:52 a.m.

Kinda funny this subject should come up, a group of people were talking about Czech Festival last week and brought up how much of a mess it used to be with everyone walking around drinking. I remember a time when I was younger riding in a car with my sister and people who were obviously intoxicated were actually coming up to our car and leaning on it and pounding on it and we couldn't go very fast. I hope this doesn't happen if this passes to allow this.

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