Carrollton, KY (WDRB) -- In a few weeks, there will be something new on the menu at a few Kentucky state parks. Five such parks will begin selling alcoholic beverages.
On Monday, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet received the licenses to begin selling alcohol.
Starting in a couple of weeks, beer, wine and mixed drinks will be served at General Butler, Lake Barkley, and Jenny Wiley state parks.
Beer will also be served at golf courses at Butler and Lake Barkley, as well as the golf courses at Audubon and My Old Kentucky Home State Parks.
"We believe by providing alcoholic beverages will not only increase sales there," says Cabinet spokesman Gil Lawson, "but increase sales of food, overnight lodging, the use of our convention centers, and our golf courses."
Lawson says there will be no bars or lounges at the state parks; liquor sales will mainly be in dining rooms. However, liquor will also be available for weddings and business meetings.
Anne Schrama from Milwaukee and her extended family have been coming to the General Butler lodge to vacation for 30 years. They have no problem with alcohol sales at their favorite state park. "It's really too hot to drink, but you know we do enjoy a beer in the evening," she says.
Caroline Olinger, visiting from Illinois, says she too has no problem with the impending alcohol sales. "A glass of wine with dinner goes nicely with a meal, so we are good with that," says Olinger.
Park staff are now being trained to serve alcohol. "They will be responsible for who they serve, and how they serve, to make sure customers are of legal age, and we don't over-serve anybody," says Lawson.
Since most of the state's 51 parks are in dry counties, there are no plans to extend liquor sales to other parks. In challenging economic times the parks system is looking for new ways to increase revenue and Lawson says this is just one way to do that.