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Guests, organizers aim to prevent drinking and driving at beer fest
By: Stacey Welsh
EL PASO, Texas -- As many as 7,000 people came out to the first ever Sun City Craft Beer Fest, and it featured more than 200 craft beers.
"It's great that it's something new to El Paso, something we needed for a long time. We're having a good time with it being the first year," Upper Valley resident Gilbert Gonzalez said.
Event organizers said about 4,000 people bought tickets in advance and they ran out of glasses in the afternoon. The beer fest lasted from 1 to 7 p.m.
"These kind of events happen a lot in bigger cities. It's just a really great place to get everybody involved as far as the community goes and just get everybody excited about bringing something new to El Paso," far east El Paso resident Priscilla Reveles said.
That means all of those people needed a safe ride home. That's where No D.U.I. El Paso comes in. It's a volunteer organization that drives you and your car home, and No D.U.I. El Paso had a booth at the beer fest.
"We're educating them on the devastating effects of drinking and driving, both on the accident side and on the legal repercussions (side)," founder Tyler Rouse said.
"We do have volunteers that are on standby to take individuals home whether or not they do have a vehicle, and we will be providing services from 11 p.m. until 2:30 a.m.," Rouse said.
"There's no reason why you can't still come out, have a good time with your friends and still make sure you get home safely. It just takes one person in your big group of friends to make sure that everybody gets home safely," Reveles said.
Based on the success of this year's event, organizers said it is likely the Sun City Craft Beer Fest will happen again next year.