Phillip Harsh of Wausau and his daughter, Aislan, checkout the artwork at last fall's Exhibitour in downtown Wausau.
The news on Thursday that the popular downtown art event Exhibitour will be canceled this year after organizers learned that the event's alcohol rules were not in compliance with state law provoked discussion among readers. Here are some of the comments left on our website:
Wausau Area Events has canceled this year's Exhibitour over issues with the event license. Will you miss the downtown art crawl?
There was never any problem with the wine at this event. The type of people it attracted were not binge drinkers bent on getting rip-roaring drunk and raising havoc!
- Andrew Plath
This was a unique and fun event that brought countless people downtown for a good community gathering and social time. There were no major problems, but I guess someone thought that we were having way too much fun, and we can't have that!
- Brian Jojade
Before year one, organizers should have gotten a legal opinion. From information shared in the meeting, the city has been in violation of state statutes for a number of years. Other municipalities followed Wausau's lead so other similar events around the state are in jeopardy, too.
- Deb Ryan
Wausau Area Events' saying the event cannot be held at all unless alcohol can be handed out is greatly disappointing and points to a bigger issue with some people's need to have a drug present for every social event.
- Chris Filtz
The event would have to be re-structured to comply and it is not simply a matter of staging the same thing without wine. What Wausau Area Events wants to do is take some time to consider all of the implications and hopefully come up with a high-value, complying event going forward that supports our mission and continues to be a credit to our community. We want some time to do it right.
We truly appreciate the many volunteers, business owners and attendees who have been a part of this event through the years and we want to do right by all of them, considering all options and thoughtfully coming up with the best solution that we possibly can. But we don't know what that solution is just yet.
- Jim Rosenberg, Wausau Area Events board member