Beer festival raises money for Fort Smith walking, biking trails – Times Record

By Alex GladdenSpecial to the Times Record

About 1,500 people attended a recent Fort Smith beer festival, raising money for city walking and bike trails.

For the second year, Fort Smith residents organized the Ales for Trails Craft Beer Festival, held this year on July 8.

Festival organizers expect to find out how much money the festival made after receiving bills from two more vendors, said Casey Millspaugh, an Ales for Trails co-director.

The festival had more than 350 types of beer from five distributors: Glidewell Distributing, Belle Point Beverages Inc., Burford Distributing Inc., Arkansas Craft Distributors and Moon and Central Distributors, Millspaugh said.

About 75 percent to 80 percent of the beer was from local breweries, Millspaugh said.

Glidewell Distributing had about 80 beers and about 10 tables at the festival, said Paula Glidewell, vice president of Glidewell Distributing. Their most popular beer was their Stiegl. The brewery ran out of beer two hours before the festival was over because of the large number of people at the event.

“They were trickling in all night,” Millspaugh said.

The four co-directors of the festival included Millspaugh, Kathleen Ory, Griffin Hannah and Caleb Yerton.

Although Ales for Trails previously was called the Bordertown Brew Fest Ales for Trails, the festival will now drop Bordertown Brew Fest from the name, Millspaugh said. The organizers chose to cut Bordertown Brew Fest to avoid confusion with Ale on the Border Beer Festival.

The festival donates its proceeds to Parks Partners, a nonprofit organization that supports city parks and recreation. People donate money to Parks Partners to support city projects, and the organization then gives the money to Fort Smith, said Drew Linder, a Parks Partners board member.

Last year, the festival raised about $22,000, Millspaugh said. Ales for Trails donates its money to support

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