Alcohol restrictions loosen for Downtown Fresno event

FRESNO, Calif.

It's a unique event for Fresno as the city relaxed it's usually tight restrictions on alcohol consumption.

An international group of rib cookers brought their spicy recipes to Fresno and adults were free to wash it down with cold beer.

"With the ribs and the hot sauce and the stuff that they do, you gotta have beer to drink with it. You got to. That would ruin the whole thing if you couldn't drink beer," Mike Smith of Coarsegold said.

For past events like Suds in the City, police have required beer to be consumed in a fenced in area. But City Parks Director Randy Cooper says things have changed.

"Fresno's grown up. People can walk around without being in a cage, enjoy a beer enjoy the crowd and we haven't had one problem today, things are going great," Cooper said.

No cage, but there is a ring, Mexican style wrestling is expected to be the big draw on Sunday. Along with food and beer there's entertainment and fun for the kids.

"We're surprised there's this many people. Things are pretty calm," Martin Lopez of Parlier said. "We haven't seen any rowdy people. Everybody's just here, looks like a family thing having a good time."

"It's been going great. Turnout is fabulous we've got people from all over the Valley here." And they all seem to be having a good time.

"Yes I am I enjoyed the ribs, they are really good," one BBQ lover said. "I love it, it's a lot of fun."

This is the first year of the event, and Cooper is hoping to stage another one next year.

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