Beer and wine may be served at two concerts set for the Hoschton Fall Festival in September.
That’s if the city council approves the idea at its meeting next month. The Hoschton City Council is expected to consider an ordinance that would allow beer and wine to be sold at designated events and places, such as the fall festival. The ordinance would allow beer and wine to be sold in 16-ounce cups by a licensed establishment. Drinking beer and wine in a can, bottle or glass would be prohibited. No outside alcohol could be brought to the events.
Council member Theresa Kenerly said the ordinance follows similar policies for concerts in Duluth and Norcross. But council member Richard Green said parents may not want their children to be around those drinking at a concert.
“I think the fall festival is a family affair and I don’t think this is family friendly,” Green said. “I think there are any number of attendees that might be offended by it — drinking in public — and who would question the city’s judgment in permitting it.”
Council member Tom Walden said beer and wine would only be sold during the concerts.
“It’s only for a very short time in a limited area,” he said.
If approved, beer and wine could be sold during two concerts, from 7:30-10 p.m., at Hoschton Towne Center. R McClain’s and Anthony’s New York Pizza and Italian Grill, both located in the shopping center, would be allowed to serve drinks.
Banks and Shane will perform on Friday, Sept. 26, and Bill Gentry and The 35 Cent Rodeo will perform on Saturday, Sept. 27.
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