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Repeated efforts have been made to obtain permission to sell beer at the Crow Wing County Fair. Those efforts have consistently been met with strong opposition and have been turned down.

The reason requests for a beer garden have been made is because the Crow Wing County Fair Board is strapped for money. The board has tapped out the available corporate sponsorships. After many years of letting folks park for free on the grassy stretch just south of the fairgrounds the board instituted parking fees in the past few years. While that money has helped the fair the revenues generated there haven’t been enough to cover the needs.

Regardless of what one thinks about the wisdom of selling beer at one of Crow Wing County’s premier summer events, it’s clear the public doesn’t want it. For this reason we reluctantly advise the fair board to charge a nominal admission to the fair. We would suggest making it a small fee, that’s not burdensome to those who attend, and letting children in free.

There’s no sense beating one’s head against a wall. Beer at the county fair is a no-go. The Crow Wing County Board is not likely to find revenues that it could contribute to the fair. Charging a minimal admission is the best answer to maintaining the quality of our county fair.