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Serving alcohol at the York Fairgrounds may become more common if new legislation by state Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township, comes to fruition.

The legislation, which on Friday was reported out of the House Liquor Control Committee, would expand the York Expo Center's special occasion permit to serve alcohol in designated locations to include nine additional days throughout the year.

“They already do have (alcohol sales at the York Fair), but it would expand it for other events that come in,” Saylor said. “I think this will benefit some of the charity events, receptions or other conventions that use the facility.”

The York Expo Center has an existing liquor license to serve alcohol inside all of its buildings.That's accompanied by its current special occasion permit, which allows it to serve alcohol in designated locations outside of the buildings throughout the York Fair.

With an extension of the permit, the facility would be able host events in the designated areas for an additional nine days throughout the year on top of during the fair, providing for enhanced event services to the community while bringing in additional revenue.

"We are hopeful that this new bill will allow us to increase the number of days that we can utilize our special occasion permit so we potentially could utilize outdoor space for alcohol sales at other times during the year," said York Fair CEO Bryan Blair.

There is no companion bill in the state Senate. 

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.

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