Havelock residents offer opinions about beer at Chili Festival

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 05:30 PM.

“Anybody who objects is a busy body and can keep her or his opinion to himself,” DeRoche told commissioners. “Every city and every country basically has a legal beer garden. Why can’t Havelock have this one thing? It is going to be legal. I have no objection. I never drank a beer in my life because I hate the taste of it, so good luck, and enjoy your beer garden.”

Clint Jones, who has lived in Havelock for the last 15 years, opposed the idea.

“I’ve lived in Havelock a short time. I love it. It’s a great place to live. It’s a great place to raise a family. It’s a great place to go to the chili festival and enjoy some great things,” he said. “The chili fest has survived years and years without a beer garden, and anybody knows that when you add beer into a city park where there are children, they don’t mix.

“People will find ways to get more than one, two, three or four or more if they want it. Heaven forbid Friday night of that chili fest, someone stumbles out, bumps into a kid and starts a fight with another adult. I don’t want to see that, nor do I want to be that adult or have anybody else that I know that gets hurt from that, that steps away or drives away that night.”

Jones said that Havelock’s police department was good, but he feared they wouldn’t catch everyone who might leave the festival intoxicated.

“It just takes just one to slip through the cracks that hurts somebody or kills somebody. That’s all it takes,” he said.

With estimated crowds of 20,000 to 25,000, Jones predicted as many as 1,000 people could get intoxicated at the event, despite the controls.

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