Wedding barn owners sue Evers administration over liquor laws

MADISON (WKOW/AP) — The Evers administration is being sued on behalf of two wedding barn owners who want to make sure their venues don’t need to obtain liquor licenses ahead of the busy wedding season.

“If the state changes the way it interprets the liquor license law, it will put us out of business,” said John Govin.

Wisconsin Institue for Law & Liberty, or WILL, is representing The Weddin’ Barn, owned by John and Julie Govin and Farmview Event Barn LLC, owned by Bob and Jean Bahn.

“I don’t want to be a tavern,” said Jean Bahn. “I’m not open for people to just drive in when they want to and go up to the bar. The business I run is very organized. I know exactly when they’re coming in. I know exactly when their wedding day is, and that’s what I like about it.”

The lawsuit being filed Tuesday in Dunn County Circuit Court comes after the future of wedding barns was thrown into question in November by former Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.

Wedding barns have become a popular venue for brides across the Midwest. The barns in Wisconsin have been operating without needing an alcohol license.

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