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Old 08-24-2006, 06:30 AM
 
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Hi all! I'm considering relocating to KY, and I've discovered that some of the towns of interest to me are located in "dry counties." Since this is foreign to me, can anyone explain what this means - Does this apply only to hard liquor or anything with an alcohol content of a certain percent? Is wine served in restaurants? Can I buy a case of wine elsewhere and legally transport it into the county? Can champagne, for example, be served at functions such as a gallery opening or a wedding? I'm also curious if the population is happy with the status quo or do these laws regularly come up for revision? Thanks
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Old 08-24-2006, 06:45 AM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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I grew up in a dry county in western Kentucky. Dry county means that alcohol of any kind is illegal for sale within the county. As far as I recall, you can buy it in a wet county and bring it back for household use, but cannot bring it back and re-sell it.

Growing up I recall several police raids at local VFW and American Legion type places for selling alcohol at some functions. There were no bars or anything like that while growing up, so going to college was quite the shock as I had never seen anyone drink before (except on TV).

I do recall every so often, dry vs wet being up for vote and each year it losing. That is until the mid 90s, when the city of Madisonville voted to become wet (to attract an Applebees) while the county remained dry.

Confusing isn't? I personally liked growing up in a dry county as my parents and brothers/sisters/aunts/cousins who all grew up in other dry counties never drank. So the alcohol culture that is today was not thrown at me as a teenager, and I could decide later on as an adult if I wanted to drink or not.

Dan
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Old 08-24-2006, 04:38 PM
 
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Thanks Dan! Your explanation is very helpful.
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Old 08-26-2006, 06:56 AM
 
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Default dry county

Just wanted to add a few things to the dry county topic here. I live in a eastern ky town that is a dry county and i grew up here. My family grew up here. Just because it is a dry county does not by any means say that people here dont drink. Dan you were VERY fortunate to have grown up the way you did consider yourself blessed.
My father was alocholic, as most of his brothers and family were. I myself am a recovering alocholic.
90% of the crimes committed her in this so called "dry county" are alochol or drug related.
It does not in any way or form stop or prevent people from drinking. The town next to us is wet and people simply go there and buy their alochol and bring it back.
all dry means is you cannot legally but or sell it in the said county.
and no you cannot serve it a any public function.
all it really does is stop business and franchises from coming and building here in return making the town grown and progress on into the future.
over half of the population in a "dry county" has wine,beer,whatever in their fridge. and have a glass with dinner or a six pack with the big football game.

candy
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Old 08-26-2006, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Spencer Co. Ky
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I live in Spencer Co. Ky which is a dry county, We have a lake here that is used by people from all the counties around us. As to which every one of the counties that surround Spencer have alcohol sales. So all the boaters & eveyone else just bring beer & whatever in with them. Every time it has come up for a vote on the wet/dry issue, the same thing arises about the evils of alcohol sales. It always gets defeated, when are these people going to wake up. So in the mean time eveyone just travels to the other counties to get their beer & whatever.
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Old 08-26-2006, 12:11 PM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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To Kittytoes...

Yes I was very fortunate....but the small group of people I hung around with was all the same. I did know that many people went to the county south of us (Christian) and bought alcohol and brought it back and thought it is probably worse that they were drinking and driving on small country roads than if they had gotten it locally. But still I am glad it remained dry until after I moved on. I wasnt hit with the alcohol until college and later and by then I was more mature enough to decide for myself what I wanted.

Sorry to hear about your growing up....hope all is better now in your family or at least you are taking the steps to make yourself better.

Dan
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Old 08-27-2006, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Louisville, KY
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Thumbelina-
What part of the state were you considering moving to?
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Old 08-27-2006, 07:32 PM
 
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Bobbyjewell, I'm considering the central area of KY, the Bluegrass region and thereabouts.
And thanks to everyone for joining in regarding the dry county issue, I'm finding this really interesting!
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Old 08-28-2006, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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Hi all! I'm considering relocating to KY, and I've discovered that some of the towns of interest to me are located in "dry counties." Since this is foreign to me, can anyone explain what this means - Does this apply only to hard liquor or anything with an alcohol content of a certain percent? Is wine served in restaurants? Can I buy a case of wine elsewhere and legally transport it into the county? Can champagne, for example, be served at functions such as a gallery opening or a wedding? I'm also curious if the population is happy with the status quo or do these laws regularly come up for revision? Thanks
Following Prohibition, Kentucky laws were passed allowing local options as to whether retail sales of alcoholic beverages would be allowed. Most Kentucky counties highly populated with members of Churches of Christ, dry Baptists, and other denominations with opposition to alcoholic drink, opted to remain dry. Even in "wet" counties, certain areas of those counties could opt to be "dry" too.

It was joked often that so many counties were dry due to the Baptist (I am one) preachers and bootleggers (people who illegally sell alcohol).
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Old 09-01-2006, 11:36 PM
 
Location: monticello, ky
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"Dry" doesn't just mean no sales! It also means restricted advertisement, most places also prohibit public use, such as weddings or parties. But private clubs, i.e. VFW & country clubs are generally allowed for use, as long as they don't sell it. As earlier post mentioned, bootleggers don't want change, & baptists don't want to get caught! LOL
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