- 28 citations were issued during the crawl. These were “quality of life” citations, i.e. open intoxicants, urinating in public, or disorderly conduct. One person can receive multiple citations so this doesn’t mean that 28 people were cited. Even if all 28 citations were given out individually that means that only 1% of those participating committed minor offenses. Can the same be said about other large events in Oshkosh like Country U.S.A. or Waterfest?
- The 28 citations were nearly six times the number of citations given out on a normal Saturday night. This is misleading because a normal Saturday night doesn’t consist of 12 officers on foot patrolling Main Street. This doesn’t prove that more crimes are committed during a pub crawl. It only shows that the number of police officers and the number of citations given out are directly correlated. Obviously a higher police presence will result in more citations.
- One Sheboygan man was seriously injured after he picked a fight with another individual. Every weekend there are fights related to alcohol, and this weekend was no exception. This fight has less to do with the pub crawl than it does with one individual’s anger.
- OshkoshPubCrawl.com does not endorse binge drinking. No photo or activity listed on the site depicts binge drinking. The photo scavenger hunt is made up of 20 activities with only two of those being drinking related.
We feel it’s a shame that the local media has to portray this event in a negative light because they think a less dramatic angle will result in a lower readership. We would like to say thank you to all the 2010 Oshkosh Spring Pub Crawl participants. We think the event went very well and much needed revenue was brought to the downtown area. This event isn’t about drinking. It’s about having fun with your friends and developing a sense of community. We are really looking forward to the 2010 Oshkosh Fall Pub Crawl in October.