Saturday, June 10th, was sunny and warm as the crowd began gathering for Buckskin Tavern’s 3:00 PM re-opening and ribbon cutting celebration.
Located at 2321 N Main Rd in Fredonia, AZ, the Buckskin is a staple in the area, serving patrons since being opened by Milt Cram in 1934. New owners Lianne and Chris Kelly, who joined the Kanab Area Chamber in May, have refashioned the storied locale into a welcoming destination for area residents, featuring a wide selection of domestic, imported, and local craft beers, ciders, seltzers, and wine by the glass. Evening schedules include live bands, karaoke, free pool tables, happy hour, open mic nights, line dancing, and food trucks. The tavern also provides a drive-through coffee bar from 7 AM – 12 PM weekdays, 8 AM Saturday, and noon on Sunday.
Chamber vice-president Ron Thomas called everyone together promptly at 3:00, and the enthusiastic crowd gathered outside the front door for the ribbon cutting. Ron said, “When I think of the Buckskin I think of everyone’s stories, and now Lianne and Chris have started a new story here, and it’s exciting!” Kane County Commissioner Celeste Meyeres said, “I like to think of Fredonia and Coconino County as sisters to Kanab and Kane County,” adding that when she pulled up and saw all the cars today it filled her heart.
Chris Kelly spoke to the crowd, saying, “We’re happy to have you here. We see the Buckskin as more than a place to have a beer. It’s a place to get together with your neighbors.” After that he and Lianne snipped the ribbon to an enthusiastic round of applause.
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