Granite Falls festival to have beer garden

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 11:32 AM

This year’s Granite Falls “Festival on Main” in September will have its first beer garden.

Seth Eckard, president of the Granite Falls Rotary Club, presented the Granite Falls Town Council with a petition for a beer garden, which was unanimously approved at Tuesday evening’s meeting.

The beer garden will be sectioned off from the rest of the festival. People will be allowed to enter only if they are 21 or older. They may purchase craft beers from Granite Falls Brewery for $5 each. Free pretzels and water will also be provided. 

The proceeds will be split between local high school and community college scholarships, the Rotary’s “Feed the Future” program and the Granite Falls Veterans Memorial fund. No money will be spent on Rotary Club expenses, Eckard said.

“They (Granite Falls Brewery) are not going to make a dime out of this event,” Eckard said. “They want to see the veterans monument a success in town, they want to get a little free advertisement out of it, and they want to give back to the community.”

Councilman Jim Mackie was extremely supportive of the idea, especially because part of the proceeds go to the Veterans Memorial fund.

“I think it will be a definite asset to the festival,” Mackie said. “I personally don’t see any problem at all with it. You have my endorsement, 100 percent.”

However, Mayor Barry Hayes was not thrilled at the idea of having alcohol at the town’s annual festivities in any capacity.

“I would personally like to see the merchant’s association festival alcohol-free,” Hayes said.

Also Monday, the town council approved a resolution to reapply for a state loan of $600,000 to pay for a new 25,000-gallon alum sludge treatment/storage tank for the town’s water treatment plant.