NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – Officials are cautioning locals to obey Mississippi’s alcohol laws during the balloon race weekend after five businesses were recently cited for violations.
The Natchez Democrat reports officials were urging resident to drink responsibly during the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race over the weekend.
Mississippi Department of Revenue spokeswoman Kathy Waterbury says businesses were cited for patrons allegedly leaving the property with drinks containing liquor on the Natchez Tricentennial on Aug. 3. The businesses cited included Bowie’s Tavern, Fat Mama’s Tamales, Andrew’s Tavern, the Natchez Grand Hotel and The Corner Bar.
The businesses needed to pay either a $1,000 fine or close for multiple days.
Waterbury says patrons can leave licensed businesses with beer or wine with less 5 percent alcohol in to-go cups, but liquor is allowed to leave the premises.