Beer coming to the State Fair

February 25th, 2014 at 4:28 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

The Indiana State Fair is the only State Fair in the country where you can’t buy a beer.

But that’s about to change.

The Indiana House voted 75-20 Tuesday to change that.  It passed a bill that repeals the prohibition on alcohol during the fair.

The bill previously passed the state Senate and is now headed to the governor’s desk.

The change was sought not just by State Fair visitors but also by fair administrators as well as local brewers and wine growers who want an opportunity to display their wares along with the other agricultural products at the fair.

“It’s going to be a confined area like a beer garden with controlled access,” said Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel.)  “Nobody’s going to be able to take anything out of there and it’s their intention to highlight Indiana brewed beer and wine from Indiana wineries.”

No one in the House got up to speak against beer at the Fair.

Alchoholic drinks are currently available at the State Fairgrounds during events other than the State Fair and, originally, beer was sold at the Fair.

That changed in the ’40′s when a state lawmaker was offended by broken beer bottles that littered the fairgrounds.

It has taken almost 70 years to reverse that decision.

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