There is an online petition going on now calling for the Kingston City Council to allow alcohol sales at events held at venues including Southwest Point. The petition states Harriman, Oak Ridge and Maryville have shown alcohol sales at events can be done responsibly.
Organizers say if the Kingston City Council would approve the alcohol sales, the city would see a rise in tourism.
Based on numbers from nearby events, that may be true.
The Pirate Fest and Renaissance Fest in Harriman proved successful with zero issues reported because of alcohol sales. The Nine Lakes Wine Festival in Oak Ridge saw a recent crowd of 1,500 visitors at a minimum ticket price of $55. Maryville had Hops in The Hills at their amphitheater; tickets were $65. Many times, these events are even tied to a charity. There have also been inquiries from race event organizers for post-race events with music and craft beer.
Organizers say a responsible policy from the city council can be drafted to include permit approval on a case by case basis. The council can limit the amount of alcohol served, how long alcohol is served, and what city owned properties these events can be held at.
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