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Routt County commissioners set to sign off on beer garden at the fair

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What: Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. air service executives meet with Routt County commissioners to discuss dwindling passenger numbers and their perspective on the airline program.

When: 3:30 p.m., Tuesday

Where: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs.

— The Routt County commissioners are expected to pass a resolution Tuesday allowing the Routt County Agriculture, Youth & Heritage Foundation to operate a beer garden at the Routt County Fair during a buck-off rodeo event Aug. 13 and separate demolition derby Aug. 14.

Foundation board member Medora Fralick, a former member of the Fair Board, told the commissioners her group would like to serve beer within an enclosed grassy area east end of the grandstands and allow purchasers to consume their beer within the fenced-in area, or to bring it into the first section of the grandstands. Beer would be served from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

The foundation was formed, with logistical help from the county, to take marketing and promotional efforts off the Fair Board’s list of chores.



Commissioner Doug Monger pointed out to Delay and Fralick that the current proposal goes further than the 2010 approval, which required all beer to be consumed within the fenced garden. Fralick said they deliberately sought access to the grandstand for beer drinkers because they could not see arena events from the beer garden.

If you go

What: Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. air service executives meet with Routt County commissioners to discuss dwindling passenger numbers and their perspective on the airline program.



When: 3:30 p.m., Tuesday

Where: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs.

Fralick also acknowledged that in a previous role as a member of the Routt County Fair Board, she did not favor beer sales at the fair, but her views have since evolved.

“Every year I was on fair board, I fought it,” she said. “But the fact is, it’s happening anyway, and this way, we can control it and have some revenue coming in.”

Routt County Fairgrounds manager Jill Delay reminded the board that alcohol sales at the fair had been banned by the county commissioners in the early 1990s and then approved in 2010, but the only time a beer garden was actually offered was in 2012.

Fralick said her group has a successful record hosting a beer garden at the fairgrounds during a non-fair related event — the RedneX Games in 2014 and 2014. That event, which did not happen during fair week, will not take place in 2015.

“Neither year were there any issues with unlawful consumption,” she wrote in a memo to the commissioners. “The Hayden police were on site for both events and did not report any problems. We have volunteers who have been involved in security for the previous events and are willing to help with security again during the fair.”

Plans for the beer garden would require people 21 and older who want to purchase beer to acquire a specially colored wristband, different from the wristband that provides entry to the evening’s event. However, they could bring family and friends into the garden with them. Any individual without a wristband who was observed holding or drinking a beer would be turned over to the police and removed from the fairgrounds.

The commissioners indicated Monday they planned to sign the yet-unwritten resolution Tuesday.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1


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