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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 21:01

Festivals group, firefightersrequest to hold fall events at Veterans, Lime Kiln venues

Beer garden festivities may soon be on tap in Grafton.

The Parks and Recreation Board was scheduled on Wednesday, Aug. 17, to consider two requests to hold temporary beer gardens in village parks.

Included is a request from the Celebrate Grafton festivals committee to present beer gardens on five dates in September and October.

The request, which was filed by Parks and Recreation Director John Safstrom on behalf of the committee, calls for the first garden to be in early September at Veterans Memorial Park on 13th Avenue.

In a report to the board, Safstrom said the festivities would be in conjunction with a ribbon cutting for the soon-to-be-completed park riverwalk.

Subsequent beer gardens would be in Lime Kiln Park from 1 to 4 p.m. on selected Sundays. Proceeds from the sale of beverages and food would benefit Celebrate Grafton.

The board was also to consider an application from the Grafton Fire Department Association to hold an Oktoberfest-styled beer garden in Veterans Memorial Park from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

The event would be a fundraiser for the firefighters group.

If either application is approved, Grafton would join a growing list of area communities offering beer gardens.

Port Washington is now in its third year of holding the events in Upper Lake Park. A variety of civic groups sponsor individual beer gardens as fundraisers.    

Celebrate Grafton representative Pam King said beer gardens could become popular family-friendly attractions that introduce people to village parks.

“We thought this would be a good way to help unveil the new riverwalk and help promote Celebrate Grafton,” she said.

“I think it would be a perfect fit for Lime Kiln Park, with the pavilion, gazebo and river.”

The board’s Aug. 17 meeting was to be at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Services Facility, 675 N. Green Bay Rd.

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