SIDNEY -- The Cheyenne County Commissioners today approved the Cheyenne County Fair Board's proposal for a beer garden.

Shelly Sutherland, representing the Fair Board, presented a multi-page document explaining how the Fair Board expects the beer garden to work. She said she researched area counties and their law enforcement, including Cheyenne County Sheriff Adam Frerichs. 

"I want you to feel comfortable with what we're doing," Sutherland said to the commissioners.

She said her research shows no sheriff's office reported an increase in crime or alcohol due to the beer garden at their fair. 

"I appreciate all the work Shelly (Sutherland) has put in," Frerichs said. 

The license, as presented by the Fair Board, would define the service area as the grandstands north through the arena, bordered by the fence on the north side of the arena. Fair Board President Troy Kurz said the area is defined that large for concerts and events that could include crowd participation in the arena. 

Vendors would contract with the Fair Board for dates of managing the beer garden  and then submit a liquor license request with the commissioners.

Commissioner Phil Sanders asked if the Elks Building could be used. Sutherland and Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Tom Payne said the can't be used for cooking because it doesn't meet code. However, modifying it for a safe drink service station would cost much less.