With City staff on hand to help with the counting, there was a reported $61,000 in beer sales at last Friday nights Tragically Hip concert at the Fairgrounds, thus netting $6,100 for the City. City Council was informed of the submission today. That is more than the reported sales for all such events last year.
At the prices charged that amounts to about 100 kegs. The particular demographics attracted to this band likely led to the large sales volume.
That volume of sales should also generate over $4500 in sales tax revenue.
The sales did not come without incident. After the concert a 47 year old retired CO from Ogdensburg left the facility and hopped into a City pick up truck on site for cleanup. The man is said to have hit several cones upon driving away and was picked up north of the City on Route 37. He blew a .21 and was charged with felony DWI and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
The truck was recovered with no damage.