Forks Township Police Chief Greg Dorney has raised concerns about drinking at Community Days now that beer and wine will no longer be contained to a fenced-in area.
The Forks Township Board of Supervisors had voted to allow the Business and Commerce Association of Forks Township and festival organizers to let patrons carry their beer and wine throughout festival grounds.
But that worries Dorney since this is the first time that practice is allowed.
"I'm thinking ahead, maybe I'm being pessimistic," he told the board.
Dorney was given authorization from the supervisors to shut down the beer tent or return it to a fenced-in area if he perceives problems.
The chief said he is concerned that since patrons can drink anywhere on festival grounds, the alcohol could fall into the hands of those who aren't of legal drinking age.
"Anytime there's alcohol, there's a potential," Dorney said.
Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss asked Dorney what criteria he would use to make a decision about limiting alcohol use to a certain area.
"Something that creates a major disruption," the chief said.
"The chief has the final say," Supervisor David Billings said.
One thing Dorney requested is stopping alcohol sales about a half-hour to an hour before fireworks begins at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
"I don't want to be a sourpuss," he said. "But this way, we have a buffer zone."