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Editorial: New Whittle policy a wise move

A recent decision by organizers of the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous — the biggest and most important event in Craig and Moffat County — can go a long way toward ensuring the annual summer event remains a viable offering for local and out-of-town families.

Organizers recently announced that visitors to the 12th annual Whittle the Wood would not be allowed to bring their own alcohol, a change in policy from recent years.

Organizers said the decision was made because an event in Snowmass Village created a stir with the state's open container laws and it was best to avoid a similar situation here.

Prompted by the law or not, the decision to limit alcohol to concessions was a wise one, the Editorial Board contends. As organizer Dave Pike told the Craig Daily Press last week, the event can now be a "little bit better controlled."

Although Pike said there have been few incidents of people being asked to leave Whittle the Wood in previous years, there remains nonetheless some families who steer clear of the event later in the day as the spirits flow more freely and the event becomes more rowdy.

Our community doesn't need that kind of label.

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Whittle the Wood should be a big attraction that not only provides a fun offering for the community, but also a boost in outside dollars coming in.

Don't get us wrong — as it stands now, organizers do an admirable job of providing a decent environment. And, it shouldn't be left to them to police behavior, anyway — people should police their own behavior.

Sadly, for some, this doesn't always happen.

At any rate, limiting the amount of outside alcohol being brought in was a wise decision, and perhaps will keep more families at the event to enjoy what has become Craig and Moffat County's highlight of the summer.

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Our View

When it comes to events in Craig and Moffat County, they don’t get much bigger than the annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, our community’s signature summer offering. However, it only remains viable if it’s family friendly. The decision by organizers to prevent visitors from bringing their own alcohol was the right call in keeping the event clean and safe.

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