Havelock board leans toward beer sales at chili festival


People walk among tents at the Havelock Chili Festival last year. The festival has proposed having a beer garden at this year's event.

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Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 06:33 PM.

Do beer and chili go together?

A majority of the Havelock Board of Commissioners may believe so.

On Monday night, the board gave a tentative go-ahead to the Havelock Chamber of Commerce to add a beer garden to this year’s Havelock Chili Festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18.

Under the proposal, beer would be sold from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17 and from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 from an enclosure sealed off by a double fence and observed by age- and behavior-checking attendees.

Commissioners Jim Stuart and George Liner were behind the idea, while commissioners Brenda Wilson and Danny Walsh said they wanted more information and to hear from the public.

Commissioner Karen Lewis was against the idea.

“On a personal level, I don’t advocate drinking,” Lewis said. “I teach my children not to do that. I teach my grandchildren not to do that. What would I be saying to them if I tell the entire city of Havelock if I vote to allow drinking in the city park? I personally just can’t do it.”

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