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Alcohol allowed at Top of the Grade concerts 

Saluda approves BYOB at concerts with insurance 

SALUDA—After being denied last year, patrons to the Top of the Grade concerts in Saluda this year can bring their own beer and wine.  

The Saluda Board of Commissioners met last week and approved alcohol at the concerts, which are held at McCreery Park downtown.  

Commissioners heard a report from Lynn Casey, with the Saluda Downtown Business Association/Saluda Downtown Foundation. Casey said the foundation has $1 million worth of insurance and there will be four concerts this year.  

“The community wants to be able to bring beer and wine,” Casey told commissioners.  

Saluda voted last year not to allow alcohol at the concerts because of the liability, but will allow it this year because of the insurance obtained from the SBA.  

Commissioners approved the permit for alcohol at the concerts, contingent on city officials seeing the certificate of the insurance.  

Commissioners also noted that any alcohol brought to the concerts must be poured in a cup per the city’s ordinance.  

In other SBA/SDF business, the city approved spending $350 for Saluda to continue in the Main Street program this year.  

Commissioners also approved releasing funds to the SDF so they can maintain their own funding and begin applying for their own grants.