HARRISON, Ark. -- Boone County is going wet for the first time in nearly seven decades. Supporters of the Let's Get Wet campaign are now planning for ways to make the county's vote on Tuesday in favor of sales of packaged liquor and liquor-by-the drink provide the maximum possible economic benefit. They forsee bringing more tourists to Harrison, keeping them in town longer, and boosting revenues across the board.
"It was a fight there," said Let's Get Wet supporter Jeff Crockett, referring to the battle of the booze in Boone County this fall. "There were opinions on both sides. They were pretty passionate on both sides."
"They had it on the ballot a couple of times that I know of in 1986 and 1992 where it failed," Crockett said.
"From a tourism perspective," said Terry Cook, executive director of the Harrsion Convention and Vistors Bureau, "it gives us another tool to be able to outreach to our visitors."