Police express concerns about controversial Oshkosh pub crawl


OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) – University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh police are expressing concern over a controversial pub crawl taking place this weekend near the college campus.

The twice yearly event has a history of binge drinking.

For many of the bars in Oshkosh the pub crawl is one of the busiest nights of the year.

Pictures and videos of the previous events have been posted online and through social media which police say highlight a dangerous atmosphere.

“We’ve had students get injured, and we’ve had people who aren’t students here get injured, and the question for me is always how many people do we allow to get injured when something like this is going on, and I think the answer is pretty easy, it’s zero, right,” said Captain Chris Tarmann of the UW Oshkosh Police Department.

While the pub crawl isn’t held on campus, it’s close enough, so UW-Oshkosh police will have extra officers on duty and only vehicles with a proper parking permit will be allowed on campus. The dormitories will also place restrictions on visitors.

Tarmann said, “This is more of a very large house party that really kind of got away from the pub crawl.”

Those who promote the pub crawl online and sell T-shirts for the event disagree.

“I think it’s weird that the university continues to get involved, considering it has nothing to do with the university, and the more that they talk about it, and attach themselves to the pub crawl the more they get involved in something they don’t want to be a part of,” said Robert Bacon, co-owner of Oshkosh Pub Crawl, LLC.

In the past the pub crawl has attracted thousands of people, many from out of state.

Police say those who participate in the pub crawl and break the law should not expect any leniency. This is typically not a weekend for warnings.