“Sample a wide variety of craft brews at Del Mar Beer Fest – Aug. 30th”: The beer fest and subsequent pot fest with a Ziggy Marley concert don’t mix. This past Saturday’s beer/pot fest was a toke, I mean joke. Think about it, beer and pot at a public venue like the fairgrounds is inappropriate and dangerous. There were several arrests that night during and after the concert, hopefully keeping a few of these inebriated folks off the streets.
Several years ago the Fair managers wisely decided against booking reggae bands because of the pot smoking fans they attracted to the fairgrounds. The Fair managers understood reggae will bring out to our public venue pot smokers, so they book other bands instead.
Unfortunately, the managers of the after-race concerts, who are different from the Fair managers, don’t seem to care about the acts they book. They don’t seem to care the reggae bands are all ages, subjecting kids to pot smoke. They can bring their followers of pot smokers; just as long as they pack the concert and spend their cash is clearly the race concert managers thinking. What is more important to race concert managers, making a buck, or protecting a public asset from blatant illegal pot smoking? Sure, other non-reggae bands will attract pot smokers, but reggae concerts are truly laughable with the amount of illegal smoking that occurs. Public property has a higher (no pun intended), standard to live by and shouldn’t be managed by a profits first mentality.