Scotfest to begin Friday; pitchers of beer will not be sold

TULSA - Friday marks the beginning of Tulsa's 34th annual Scotfest and while the festival is expected to be bigger than ever, it will also come with some changes.

Beginning this year, beer will no longer be sold in pitchers. Instead, festival goers will be able to purchase it in 32-ounce cups.

The change comes just weeks after organizers of Oktoberfest made a similar announcement, that pitchers would not be sold, at this year's event.

Scotfest Executive Director Steve Campbell does not believe the changes will impact attendance. In fact, he believes this year could set a record, bringing more than 20,000 people to the River West Festival Park.

"We just want everybody to come out and enjoy themselves, whether it be with 32 ounces in their hand, or 64 ounces," he said.

Oklahoma ABLE Commission Agent Erik Smoot applauds Scotfest for making the change. He believes this will allow workers to better monitor those who have too much to drink. "Go have a good time," said Smoot. "Have a few drinks. Enjoy yourself, but go home safe."

Festival-goers will be able to buy two-32 ounce drinks at one time. This is still less than the maximum allowed purchase from last year when patrons could buy two-64 ounce pitchers.

Scotfest begins at 5 p.m. Friday. For more information, click here.

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