Those who are looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Reedsburg can find a way to get home safely at the Bar Buddies Pub Crawl March 17.
For the second year, Bar Buddies in Reedsburg will host its Pub Crawl to raise awareness and money for the program. The organization is a designated driver program that offers rides home. Rides home within the Reedsburg area of the city limits, Poor Nates, Loganvile, LaValle, Ironton, Hillpoint and Lime Ridge are offered free of change.
For this year, Program Coordinator Craig Braunschweig said the goal is to have 400 people to show up to the event, which he said would double the amount of people from last year.
“The whole downtown was packed, everyone was having a great time,” Bar Buddies Program Coordinator Craig Braunschweig.
With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, Braunschweig said he is expecting a crowd of people in the city for the event. The event is open to those who are 21-years-old and older.
Registration for the event will begin from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the The Vault Wine Bar and Lounge. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The crawl will take place from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. with six bars in the downtown are participating including Badger Bar, Corner Pub, Just One, Thirsty Beaver, Touchdown Tavern, and The Vault Wine Bar & Lounge. An after party, which will include a DJ, raffles and a costume contest will take place at Badger Bar from 9 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Braunschweig encourages people to dress up in costumes and have a good time, but most importantly he encourages those who do drink too much to take advantage of the Bar Buddies service. He said the organization will be in operation under normal hours from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m. Bar Buddies is also in operation on Thursday’s 6 p.m. until midnight and Friday’s from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m.
Braunschweig said if all the tickets are sold the non-profit organization would make about $6,000. Chief of Police and Bar Buddies Reedsburg President Tim Becker said other than grants and fundraising, the program doesn’t receive any additional revenue. Last year, Bar Braunschweig started the event raised around $3,000.
Becker said the program gave 60 rides at last year’s event and the police department didn’t issue any OWIs.
“Normally on (that) Monday I look at the mug shots of everyone with green stained teeth from the green beer but not last year we didn’t have any of that,” Becker said. “Hopefully this year will be just as uneventful.”