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March 29, 2014

Will beer, wine at state fair be win-win-win?

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It seems to me it’d be more beneficial to promote Indiana wines and craft beers outside the state.

Klotz said there are out-of-state fairgoers, but the percentage is slim; 60 percent are from Central Indiana. How many of them will not be familiar with Indiana-made beer and wine?Like many of my Facebook friends, I have mixed feelings. I love the Indiana State Fair; I’ve attended from the time I was still being pushed in a stroller; I was involved annually as a 10-year 4-H’er; and I want it to continue to thrive.

By the same token, I love that Indiana is building a reputation for craft beer and wine. It creates value-added ag and tourism opportunities, and I want to see both industries continue to blossom. Since it’s a done deal, I hope fairgoers who choose to drink will be safe and courteous and that this partnership among the three entities serves to make them all stronger.

Andrea McCann is managing editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel.

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