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Maryland’s Delfest Threatened By Liquor Violation Allegation

CUMBERLAND, MD (AP) — The Allegany County liquor board is alleging license violations involving beer sales at the DelFest bluegrass festival held last weekend in western Maryland.

The Cumberland Times-News quoted board members Friday contending that the event’s nonprofit organizer broke a state law by allowing a California distributor to pay for the exclusive right to promote certain brands of beer at the event.

Board Chairman Gerald Delaney says the arrangement limited the involvement of local beer distributors.

Festival promoter Barbara Buehl says she’s unaware of any laws broken by her group, the High Sierra Foundation of Allegany County.

Delaney says the board could deny the group a license next year if it doesn’t follow the rules.