State Patty's Day crackdown: Penn State bars are paid $5,000 not to sell boozeFed up with the drunken debauchery of a made-up drinking holiday, a town-and-gown partnership in State College has agreed to pay $170,000 to stop 34 businesses from serving alcohol Saturday.
The $5,000 payment to each bar and restaurant that agreed not to serve is part of an effort to curb dangerous drinking on the popular "State Patty's Day" weekend, created in 2007 by Penn State students. St. Patrick's Day fell during spring break that year, prompting students to celebrate early, donning green shirts and downing green brews.
Even though students have been on campus to celebrate the actual St. Patrick's Day in subsequent years, State Patty's Day stuck, becoming an annual attraction for students from other colleges — and a destructive weekend for the small borough.
"These 36 hours, which go from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday, are our busiest 36 hours of criminal activity for the year," State College police Chief Tom King said in a news release. "That's busier than home football game weekends."