The Washington County Liquor Board will begin issuing the proper licenses to nonprofit groups that want to serve alcohol at special events, its chairman said Thursday.
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It was unclear Thursday whether the Western Maryland Blues Fest would have to get a new license to serve beer at its popular downtown street festival June 3.
Chairman Donald L. Mellott said the board from now on will issue "picnic" licenses for Sunday events only, as the law states. It will issue another type of license for events on other days of the week.
The Blues Fest does not have the new type of license for its Saturday event.
Carl Disque, a Blues Fest founder, said Thursday night he did not know if the new license would be sought.
Even if it isn't, it may not matter since the enforcement authority is the Liquor Board, which issued the license, said Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington.