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Beer tent gets go-ahead at town festival

A beer tent will be allowed at the Jonesborough Days and Nights Festival for the first time in the annual event’s history.
Members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen gave final approval to the proposal at their May 14 meeting.
Local resident George Shinn and his TruLight Foundation requested to have a beer tent set up at the festival, set to take place June 29 through July 1, in order to secure a national beer sponsor for the event.
Shinn’s organization is also responsible for bringing big-name entertainment to this year’s event, securing country music legend Ricky Skaggs as the headliner.
Foundation leaders hope a beer sponsor will cover the cost of bringing the entertainment in for the festival.
In April, BMA members approved on first reading a plan to allow the sale of beer at the festival.
To do so, leaders had to amend the town’s beer ordinance to allow for on-premise consumption in a permitted outdoor area associated with a special event.
According to Town Administrator Bob Browning, the beer tent is expected to be set up in the parking lot of the Parson’s Table, located behind the courthouse lot.
It is a location, Browning said, that allows the town to maintain control of the drinking. Beer purchased at the tent would have to be consumed there, he said.
At last week’s meeting, the BMA gave unanimious final approval on the ordinance changes that will allow for a beer tent at the town festival.
“We’ll see how the Jonesborough Days event is affected,” Mayor Kelly Wolfe said. “Hopefully it will be in a positive way as far as numbers.”