Who can obtain
temporary (picnic) beer and wine licenses and is there any limit on the
number of picnic licenses that can be obtained in a year?
can only be issued to “bona fide” clubs, fair associations or
agricultural societies, churches, lodges or societies that have been in
existence for at least six months, and to veterans’ organizations. Wis.
Stat. secs. 125.26(6) and 125.51(10). The dictionary defines “bona fide”
as authentic, genuine, done or made in good faith, without deception or
defined as a group of people organized for a common purpose, especially a
group that meets regularly. Notably, the definition of “club” in Wis.
Stat. sec. 125.02(4) appears to be inapplicable to picnic licenses.
Also, an individual, partnership, or business corporation is not
eligible for a picnic license because they are not a “club” within the
meaning of the statute.
is no limit on the number of temporary Class “B” (picnic) beer licenses
that may be issued to an eligible organization in a calendar year, not
more than two temporary “Class B” (picnic) wine licenses may be issued
to an eligible organization in any 12-month period. Sec. 125.51(10).