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Shipshewana Residents Deny Alcohol PErmit
In a previous blog, we covered the brewing opposition by local Shipshewana residents to a local gas station’s request for an alcohol-permit. In Shipshewana Residents Deny Alcohol Permit we discuss the outcome. A historically dry town, Shipshewana will now continue its tradition as a family-oriented, alcohol-free town.
The Goshen News reports that nearly 100 Shipshewana residents packed the LaGrange County Annex Building on Jan. 27, 2011 to voice their opposition to the granting of the alcohol permit within Shipshewana. The court ultimately denied the alcohol-permit to a Gas America station.
Business owner and opposition leader Kevin Lambright stated, “There is a major part of our community that is non-alcohol using. We are a tourist area, and as a community, we have a uniqueness of being a dry town, and obviously the more unique you can be, the more you can set yourself apart.”
Above all Shipshewana features a large Amish community. They rely on commercial revenue from handmade furniture. As well as crafts and baked goods.