ABC Revokes Concessions License for Lockn' Vendor

Nelson County, VA - The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has revoked the concessions license for Best Beverage Catering. The San Diego-based company provides food and alcohol for the annual Lockn' Festival held in Nelson County.Last year's {}four day festival attracted around 25,000 people.

The{}Charges include illumination, drug use and prohibited behavior. According to documents ABC agents performed an undercover operation at last year's festival.

Special Agent Matthew Layman testified that he observed numerous ABC violations including over one hundred narcotics violations at the festival. Several of the agents documented some of the violations they observed and submitted the photos during the hearing. Including a picture of a festival goer sunbathing topless.

Layman also stated that the licensed area was poorly lit, making it hard for agents to observe the area.

In a statement to ABC 13 Lockn' organizers said:

Lockn' Festival's 2014 ABC license is citation-free and intact. The recent Initial Decision by the VABC Hearing Officer to revoke the ABC license at Lockn' Festival does{}not{}affect the license for the upcoming festival, Sept. 4-7th. This Initial Decision by the VABC Hearing Officer remains subject to modification at the discretion of the VABC Board, as well as subject to the right of appeal. Lockn' Festival will appeal.

The decision released Wednesday was not ABC's final decision. Virginia ABC Public Affairs Director Becky Gettings says the final ruling will be stated in the Board Order after the appeal process.