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First Ever Red River Craft Beer Festival Hits Lawton

LAWTON, Okla_Over one thousand people came out to the first ever Red River Craft Beer festival today at the Great Plains coliseum.  It's the first of it's kind in southwest Oklahoma, and officials had high hopes for the turn out.

Cache Road Liquor and Wine, and the Armed Services YMCA teamed up to start an event that people would not normally see in Lawton.  A unique event brought to Lawton for the first time ever.

There were local restaurant vendors, even a food truck from Oklahoma City, and beers as diverse as Lawton itself. It was all for a good cause.

Co-Director of the Red River Craft Beer Festival, Anthony Williams, said, "We are raising money for a good cause, for the Armed Services YMCA, to offset the program that helps soldiers and their families. It's unique for Lawton because it gives us something to do."

Many believed they would never see a festival like this in Lawton, Oklahoma.  One attendee, Haley Dennis, said, "It is the dream for Lawton, Oklahoma to have a craft beer festival. I don't have to drive anywhere else, or get a taxi. I have designated drivers available for me in my own town. It's awesome"

For those that aren't familiar with craft beer, it was a chance to catch up on lost time.  "Well I think for me I am going to try all the different beers that are out there, because being newly introduced to all the craft beers is phenomenal. So many different one's to taste."

For Cache Road Liquor and Wine owner, and Co-Director of the festival, J.P. Richard, finding an organization to team up with was tough. Partnering with the Armed Forces YMCA, however, was a perfect fit. Richard said, "They are an organization that touches this community, I mean we are a military family here, and the Armed Forces YMCA supports the families of our soldiers."

Officials say they plan on having the same festival next year, but possibly bigger and better.

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