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Police: State Patty's Day arrests drop

By: Lauren Hensley

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--  It was a sea of people all dressed in green all around downtown State College Saturday. But more like a dry sea after dozens of bars and bottle shops agreed to accept money from Penn State to stop selling alcohol on the student-created holiday. Signs were posted to notify patrons of this rule.

This is usually a pretty fun weekend to come back so I wanted to show everybody how fun state college can be, Mark Harrison, Penn State alum said.
Harrison experienced a much larger and rowdier celebration when he attended Penn State.

Harrison brought his friends from Virginia to Happy Valley for the celebration and they were shocked to learn most bars were shut down or not serving.

I am bummed because bars are part of how the town works, how the scene works so we are only going to get about half of the experience that we would get otherwise, Adam Clark, a visitor to State College said.

Another group of friends also drove in for the State Pattys Day celebration and was upset with the rule changes.

I think it is terrible actually, I think they could benefit from being open. There is no reason why they wouldn't be open. They are trying to control the alcohol consuption but you can't control it, Kevin Carney, of Washington Crossing, Pa., said.

But it appears the new rules are working.  According to police, as of Saturday afternoon, they saw a 46% percent decrease in arrests compared to last years State Pattys Day.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times