Lincoln County Voters to Decide Local Wine Laws Dec. 13, 2005

Oklahoma Liquor-by-the-Drink Special Election This Tuesday

Voters in Lincoln County will decide Dec. 13 whether to allow alcoholic beverages to be sold at their local restaurants.

County commissioners called the special Liquor-by-the-Drink election in September when members of the Lincoln County Grape Growers Association (LCGGA) agreed to pay the $6,500-$7,000 in costs associated with taking this issue to the people.

I personally know many of the family farmers that make up the LCGGA and I can tell you that the money for this election won't come to them easily. Don Neal, the president of the Lincoln County Grape Growers Association, says that little old Lincoln County Oklahoma is now home to 30 percent of the Oklahoma's wineries. He has been spreading the word about how important Oklahoma wine could be for the economic development for Lincoln County and the entire Sooner State.

I hope the voters of Lincoln county turn out to support their local wine industry. Anyone interested in how the Oklahoma wine industry is growing in their own part of the state, should grab one of the 2006 Oklahoma Wineries Calendars and see what local wine events are planned in the area.

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