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Some Christians Call for Festival Boycott Over Alcohol

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Christians in the tiny upstate City of Woodruff are asking their comrades in faith to boycott this weekend's Dog Daze festival because alcohol will be sold at the event. Christians in the tiny upstate City of Woodruff are asking their comrades in faith to boycott this weekend's Dog Daze festival because alcohol will be sold at the event.
Woodruff, S.C. - Some Christians in the tiny upstate City of Woodruff are asking their comrades in faith to boycott this weekend's Dog Daze festival because alcohol will be sold at the event.

Woodruff City Council recently approved an ordinance allowing the sale of alcohol at three city festivals -- but city ordinance still prohibits open containers on public streets and sidewalks. Alcohol can still be sold and consumed on the city's public parks space, where the festival will be held.

Grace Sloan, a local hairdresser and self-professed Christian, plastered a banner in her shop window on Main Street that reads "Christians Boycott Dog Daze Festival."

"I mean I would be a sorry person if I didn't stand for what I think is right. And I don't like it," she said as she cut hair Friday. "If you want to drink at home that's fine with me. Go home and drink it. But don't force it in my face," she snipped.

Festival organizer Liz Marcellino, a Christian who believes alcohol can be consumed in moderation, has pushed for years to have the city approve alcohol at city events. While the alcohol will be confined to a tent away from the main lot, Marcellino is happy.

"They need to give the event a chance and see that there's not going to be a problem, and we're not going to have these big issues they think we're going to be causing," she said.

The city is spending about $600 on the purchase of beer and wine, and they expect to make that back, plus a little more, but city manager Stephanie Tillerson says that's not the point.

"We're really just trying to expand the reach ... offer people a choice to have beer and wire. Nothing more, nothing less. Just trying something new and see what happens," the manager said.  
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