Attendees at this year’s Jonesborough Days celebration will be able to enjoy an ice-cold beer as they listen to the event’s musical lineup, which includes Grammy Award-winning artist Ricky Skaggs.
The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday unanimously approved a proposal to allow on-premise beer consumption under certain conditions at this year’s Jonesborough Days festival.
According to the proposal, town officials have discussed the beer tent concept and believe it can be presented without “impacting the image of Jonesborough as a family event” if the beer tent or beer garden is located near the entertainment but separated from the main traffic flow of the festival.
Former NBA team owner George Shinn, who secured this year’s entertainment, and his TruLight Foundation requested the festival have a beer tent in order to secure a beer sponsorship. Foundation staff have been pursuing a national beer sponsor in order to cover the substantial entertainment cost.
Town leaders have recommended the beer tent be located in the Parson’s Table parking lot — a location that would be close to the performance area in the Washington County Courthouse parking lot.
The Parson’s Table parking lot, which is owned by the town, would be roped off and will be the only area designated for attendees to drink on-premise.
In addition to the designated consumption area, wristbands will be utilized in order to ensure there is no underage consumption.
Servers trained by the Alcoholic Beverage Commission will also be on hand.
In order to have the beer tent at Jonesborough Days, officials approved a change in the town’s beer and outdoor use ordinances, allowing for a beer garden to be set up under certain conditions at special events or town-sponsored activities through an outdoor use permit.
With the proposal, the board also approved the closing of certain streets for the festival, which is scheduled from June 29-July 1.
In other business, the board approved on second and final reading an ordinance to establish a temporary business permit.
Alderman Chuck Vest motioned to amend the ordinance, allowing a vendor to operate under a temporary business permit for eight months. That permit would not be able to be renewed for at least 16 months following its expiration.
Alderwoman Mary Gearhart seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.
The board also authorized the issuance of capital outlay notes totaling $210,000 for the purchase of three parcels of land for the Jonesborough Senior Center project.
Mayor Kelly Wolfe broke the tie vote after Vest and Alderman Jerome Fitzgerald voted against the resolution. Gearhart and Alderman Terry Countermine voted in favor.