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2/22/2013 10:00:00 PM
Supervisors green-light beer, booths on plaza for Whiskey Off-Road
Les Stukenberg/The Daily CourierVendors and a beer garden will be allowed to set up on the Yavapai Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott during this year’s Whiskey Off-Road bicycle race.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Vendors and a beer garden will be allowed to set up on the Yavapai Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott during this year’s Whiskey Off-Road bicycle race.
Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

COTTONWOOD - The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to add a beer garden and vendor booths on the courthouse plaza for this year's Whiskey Row Off-Road mountain bike race in April.

The plan was submitted by the City of Prescott on behalf of Epic Rides, the company that puts on the event. While the event takes place downtown, the square had previously been used only for some sound equipment, Dave Hunt, assistant county administrator, said.

The request needed board approval because alcohol is not generally allowed on the plaza, and the vendor booths are not on the "major event" schedule.

Kendall Jaspers, director of the Prescott Downtown Partnership, explained that alcohol would be served only on Saturday night.

"What is the general feel of the membership of the PDP?" Supervisor Rowle Simmons asked.

"I would say the response to it from the merchants is somewhat positive," Jaspers said.

"I think probably more of them would favor it than not."

Hunt said the major concern from the county's point of view was allowing the turf to "rest" between events.

"The facilities department's issue with these kinds of events in that they require us to shut the water off," Ken Van Keuren, director of county facilities, said. "They don't want water running for two or three days and that really affects the grass tremendously. Every booth makes an imprint, so each show we have all these dead spots (in the grass.)"

Supervisor Craig Brown said he'd done an informal poll of Whiskey Row bar owners, "and they were not against it, which surprised (him)."

"Even though it does hurt the beginning of the (turf) growing season, this is a huge boon to Yavapai County," Supervisor Tom Thurman said. "This thing has really taken off, and, literally, there could be thousands and thousands of new people coming to Yavapai County."

Wary of setting a precedent, the board granted the event a one-year permit for the alcohol sales, voting 5-0 to allow the use.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: @ Why not Kool Aid

Hmmmm - not sure it's the "liberals" trying to legislate morality (no alcohol) around here.

Smells more like the conservative moral majority who outnumber liberals around here about a 1,000 to 1.


Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Nellie Leigh

Namby Pamby is right. Beer booths have been at this event in the past. The only difference this year is location. These race participants and onlookers will be spending a lot of money in our town that weekend. Let's make them and their bikes (that cost THOUSANDS of dollars) feel welcome in April!

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: @ Let's face it folks

Seeing as how the event organizers don't fit into any of the groups you mentioned, what's your point?

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: @Save The Grass

Unfortunately, there are more and more people on the grass also. Playing ball, picnics and children running all over is destroying the grass and picnics are for parks, not the courthouse square. Walking around I almost was hit many time by flying baseballs and toys that are used for games. Kids riding their bikes, which is forbidden and skateboards too. Seems they need more guards to actually "enforce" the laws they set.

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: Reed Winfrey

I must admit, some of these comments are pretty funny. lol


Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: Clean Up Prescott

Better to have the dogs on the grass then the street people who "sleep on the grass" and make it look like a homeless shelter. Teenagers hanging around smoking pot and using foul language. We don t need any more encouragement for more alcohol though, it's kind of like contradicting what you say. Anyone in a sporting marathon should not be smoking or drinking alcohol anyway.

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: Al Adab

Aside from the fact that this harms local businesses, isn't public consumption still illegal? This is a bad idea.

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: Ticked Off Dog Owner

@ You Jest: Why dont we just get a ban on "Idiots"? It wouldnt do any good, just like trying to get a ban on "Dogs at the square" It will never happen,so quit complaining ...The dog owners pick up the doggie droppings and dispose of them, so I dont see a need to ban them..Thats all I want to say...

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: Namby Pambys

They've had a beer tent at this thing for years now.

Only difference is they will be putting on the grass to alleviate the crowding in the street.

These are athletes and their friends and families enjoying a few suds outdoors after a long, hard race.

It's not an Iron Brotherhood rally so don't get your knickers in a twist.


Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: Let's face it folks.

If you are a bar owner, a for-profit rehab home for the ever-addicted, or a part of the investor/developer/construction trades cabal our mayor, city council and the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will give you anything you ask for ... anything!

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: SAVE THE CHILDREN!

Please, please, please save the children from all of this madness!!! How can you evil event planners even think of serving evil alcohol at this event?

Glad I got that off of my shoulders. Now it's time to go have a beer...


Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: Why not Kool Aid?

With all of you negative commentors crying about beer booths being on site and the "message" it sends, I'm surprised that none of you are demanding Kool Aid booths to spread your message to all (that would even listen).

Organizers shouldn't have to plan every single event around that "warm & fuzzy" feeling that so many liberals try to push these days.

We have been attending state fairs, county fairs, rodeos, sporting events and hundreds of other shows since I was 5 years old (now 68 with many grandchildren). Every event sells alcohol of some sort. The last time I checked, alcohol is legal and prohibition ended in 1933.

If people properly parented their children instead of relying others to do the job for them, maybe they could worry about other more important things. If it is that bad of a "message" that is sent, keep your chidren home and sheltered from all of the horror and beat your drum behind closed doors.

Way to go Prescott! We will all be there cheering on the riders while saying "cheers".


Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: SAVE THE GRASS!

Dog urine is toxic to grass.

Unfortunately there are more and more dogs using the courthouse square as their personal toilet.

Ban dogs - save the grass.


Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Miker the Biker

Though the grass has been in good condition the past several years, it does not appear to be as well maintained as in the past. More bare areas are showing than ever before which were once takem care of. Last year saw some needed utility work being done and it showed on the grass. I know the crews do their best...but the grass condition should be excellent as it once was...not just good...and the grass needs time to grow and recover.

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: BOS = Booze On Streets


'nuff said.


Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Button Square Pants

The town has to do something to attract new people in light of all the bad press this place has been recieving lately... adding the sale of booze to this event will help bring more people tax revenue in to this town.

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Wow some real well thought out comments here...

1. The grass is not going to die, these vendors are not any different than any other weekend where we have vendors on the grass.
2. Why beer and not juice? Well after people train for months, watch their diet, and then compete in a grueling race they want to drink some beer, not apple juice.
3. This is not going to effect anyone's business. The town is already over capacity on this weekend with every hotel full, every restaurant and bar will also be packed. Why not create a place outside to alleviate some of the crowding?
4. If you actually had a dog you could be getting some exercise instead of sitting at home thinking up idiotic comments all day.


Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: @ You Jest

BRAVO!!!

Say no to dogs on the square!

I don't bring my hobbies to the square - I would appreciate the same respect.

(Why are taxpayers footing the bill for a dog park anyway?)


Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Don't Need MORE Alcohol

Why beer and not water, juice or other "healthy" choices for a bike marathon? If anyone craves beer, can't they enter the saloons or restaurants surrounding the square?

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Neely

Are you kidding me, great message to the kids you guys are cowards to stand up for what is right.What about serving (light) cocktails at birthing classes for women.How much did the promoter line your pockets with..............Here's your sign

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: i get it now!!! !

To you jest:

I was at the dog event last year and ONE vendor from the wiskey road strip came up and started yelling about some dog poop outside their store. They were blaming the event planners for activity committed 12 to 24 hours previously. IT was embarrasing and lame. Now I know who that was. I'm sorry that the CD does not make you register your account so that we will all know that the complaining is being generated by ONE person. You need another hobby.


Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Dear: Steve

Better'n badges and brawlin'!

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: You Jest

Why does a healthy sporting event, like the bike ride need to serve alcohol at the event? And why is the BOS promoting it?

BOS: Please, when the "doggie" events come up...have enough guts to deny them use of the Courthouse Square. Prescott has a dog park for such events. See that it is used for dog events. In fact BAN dogs from the square.


Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Steven Major

Beer and bicycles, who could ask for more? Way to go super something supervisors. A great lesson for the young participants as well.

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Byte Me

Jasper," I would say the response to it from the merchants is somewhat positive", " I think probably more of them would favor it than not." Boy, you couldn't ask for a more positive endorsement than that. Who cares if it's going to kill the grass on the square? Which is a tourist draw all year long. Who will pay to have that damage repaired? So now a group that supposedly affects a healthy life style, mountain biking, wants to have have a beer festival in the middle of town, only to line the pockets of the promoters. Who will get the next waiver?


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