Changing focus: K of C Barbecue taking closer look at alcohol sales, expanding carnival – Herald-Whig

Posted: Apr. 20, 2017 6:55 am Updated: Apr. 20, 2017 9:48 am

QUINCY — There could be some noticeable changes at this year’s K of C Barbecue fundraiser.

Organizers say the annual four-day event in mid-August, which signals the unofficial end of summer for many, will see an effort to return the gathering to its roots.

“We want to get back to being a fundraiser and not so much a social event,” said Mark Holtschlag, grand knight of the Quincy Knights of Columbus fraternal service organization. “We feel like this is an opportunity to help make the barbecue better.”

There have been no concrete decisions made yet, but Holtschlag said K of C members likely will decide to expand the carnival offerings and cut back on or change the way beer and alcohol are offered. The beer and alcohol sales also may be turned over to an outside vendor.

Part of the reason for change stems from what was more than an $18,000 decline in net income last year compared with 2015 in beer and alcohol sales. The club spent more than $5,000 more on beer and alcohol in 2016 than in 2015, but year-over-year revenue from beer and alcohol sales was down more than $13,000. Those sales have come at taps that traditionally have been manned by K of C club members.

“We’re just trying to get a better handle on things,” said Holtschlag, who was installed as grand knight in July.

Holtschlag feels there might have been “some friends letting other friends drink for free” over the years, to the point where it now needs to be reined in.

“It’s not like someone robbed us or anything like that,” he said. “We’ve been looking at all of this for quite some time. We want to get more control

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