The Bright Side
Big changes are coming to the Walworth County Fair.
The Elkhorn City Council met Monday night, June 22nd, to discuss and vote on giving the fair a license to sell beer and wine, which it has never had in its 170 years of existence. The license was granted but came with some restrictions. It can only be sold from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and can only be consumed in the horse track and grandstand areas. The fairground board asked for the license since it lost money in 2018 due to flooding and this year, due to the pandemic and are hoping that by selling beer and wine it will be able to make up some of that lost income. The fair could see a loss of $500,000 or more.
There were public comments at the meeting with most being against granting the liquor license. One commenter did say that many people sneak alcohol into the fair and that there is more alcohol at the fair than people realize. A fairground representative said it’s not a matter of them wanting to sell beer and alcohol, but a need to keep from going further and further into debt. The fair does generate income for local businesses that benefit from the fairgoers. The Walworth Country Fair Board wants the fair to be successful, not just for them, but for the surrounding communities and businesses as well.
July 4th is only days away.
If this year is like the previous Fourth of July weekends in Lake Geneva, it will be packed. Last year the city was overrun by what seemed to be way too many cars for Lake Geneva to handle. Traffic was more often than not, at a standstill. The lake was just as packed with boats and people in any and every open space. The Geneva Lake Police and Water Safety Patrol had to respond to several calls and incidents on and/or near the water.
The Geneva Lake Law Enforcement Agency would like this Fourth to be safe and enjoyable for all, by raising awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence with the “Operation Dry Water” campaign. The Geneva Lake Police along with the U.S. Coast Guard, the National State Boating Law Administrators, and others participating in this annual campaign, as alcohol is the leading factor in boating deaths and injuries. The mission is to reduce the number of alcohol and drug-related incidents.
This is a great time to enjoy Geneva Lake and all are encouraged to do so, in a safe and appropriate manner. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!