Dry, no more: West Racine now serving spirits starting with its Fall Fest

RACINE - One neighborhood in Racine is no longer a "dry" community. Come Saturday, during West Racine’s annual fall fest, beer will finally be sold.

This comes after 82 years of not being able to sell alcohol. This has been a long time coming and on Saturday history will be made.

Chris Chvilivek, with West Racine Alliance, said his group of business owners and residents worked with a Racine alderman to get the law changed. Those efforts began in February.

In 1935 the city council action designated some areas of West Racine as dry, following prohibition.

"It’s just with the times; you've got to change with the times," Chvilivek said, "To change and revitalize our district."

During this year's Fall Fest beer will be served at a beer tent for the first time ever. Richard Grunewald hopes the passing of this law will help build the area up with new businesses in the heart of the city corridor area.

"This is Wisconsin, we're known for our beer," Grunewald said, "I like the idea because it's going to attract a lot more people within this area which we need."

The Fall Fest will also include lots of entertainment for all ages, the event will go from 3 to 8 p.m.

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