Grand Island City Council approves special liquor license request for State Fair

(Hailey Mach, KSNB)
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 3:34 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2022 at 8:34 AM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - You will see more people walking around with alcohol at the Nebraska State Fair after the Grand Island City Council approved a special liquor license during its Tuesday meeting.

The Nebraska State Fair Board submitted a request for a Special Designated Liquor Licenses for the State Fair, which runs from Aug. 26 to Sept. 5.

They are requesting a “walk around” liquor license which allows alcohol consumption throughout the grounds of the State Fair unlike in past years where alcohol was restricted to certain areas.

After review and concerns from the police department, building department, fire department, and the health department, it was recommended by Administration to bring this request before the Grand Island City Council for their approval,

State Fair Executive Director Bill Ogg as well as Deputy Executive Director Jamie Parr were on hand to answer questions and share their reasoning for the request.

“We think it would enhance our opportunity to educate and entertain, and that’s our primary mission, to tell the story of agriculture and celebrate the great attributes of Nebraskans,” said Ogg.

The board approved the request 8 to 0.

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