During last Wednesday’s Sunbury Village Council meeting, Big Walnut Civic Association members Cindy Erndt and Theresa Dronsfield asked council members to extend the hours of the outdoor beer garden at this year’s Saturday, August 27, Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds.
“The first year we had 3,000 people attend, last year 15,000 people,” Dronsfield said. “For Sunbury’s Bicentennial we’re planning sounds of the eras throughout the day – 2:30 the 60’s with Funky Waters, 4 p.m. the 70’s with Disco Inferno, 5:30 the 80’s with Reaganomics.”
Dronsfield said fans of those eras would enjoy having the beer garden open earlier because many of them would leave after the music of their favorite era ends.
Erndt said this year’s Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds will have more police officers on duty, and beer garden ID checks have been tightened.
“It’s not about beer per se, but it is the biggest moneymaker of the event,” Erndt said.
Dronsfield said everyone working in the beer garden takes a class prior to the event to ensure there are few problems.
“We have last call at 10:30, and close at 11,” Dronsfield said. “Given the size of the crowd we had last year, we had very few issues.”
Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield said the Sunbury Police Department will have nine officers covering Sizzle & Sounds, and there would be two Delaware County Sheriff’s Department undercover officers monitoring the beer garden, and two additional undercover officers from state liquor control.
Council members approved a 2 p.m. opening for the Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds beer garden, and also noted that this year’s beer garden would expand to the Cherry Street right-of-way.
For additional information about the 2016 Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds and live music schedules, go to sunburysizzleandsounds.com, or on Facebook search for Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093