I was an exhibitor at a beer festival last Saturday. Festival was at a horse racing track, from 6 pm to 10:30 pm, and required your ID be checked and you get a wristband before you could get in. Clearly, this was a 21+ event (since that's the legal drinking age around here). Plus, now that I go back and check the website where tickets were sold, it clearly says "you must be 21 years of age or older to participate"
My table was just outside the expo hall, where everyone's ID was checked and people were wristbanded. So I got to see the multiple SS's who tried to bring strollers into the event. All of them were intercepted and informed that children were not allowed. All of them were absolutely *shocked* to hear that "you must be 21 years of age or older to participate" excluded their babies. A few tried to argue the point (I clearly heard one say "I bring my baby to events like this all the time" ). One tried to guilt trip the security/event personnel. One glared at everyone and swore as she left.
I couldn't believe that people thought this would be okay.
I've been to several beer festivals/Octoberfests that had kid activities and soft drinks available so kids were welcome. Also many Catholic and Eastern/Greek Orthodox churches would ask Dad for "donations*" of beer for their church festivals often with an Octoberfest theme, when he was working in the Houston area. San Angelo - his workers including Catholics were shocked when he asked about donating to churches - totally different culture even though same state.
I would suggest to the organizers they change the wording on the website and other advertisements to No-one under 21 admitted.
*My Dad always followed the law. At certain points of time in Texas that meant he sold the beer to the church/community group. Was paid in cash. Then gave a check donation for over the amount. He also always paid for employees to go taking their spouses and family (paid for tickets in, and paid for time). That way if there was a violation of the law they could talk to the coordinators and fix it.
For example one time one church decided to have their drink stations on golf carts. At that time you could not sell beer to the public from a vehicle capable of being driven (might have changed with the introduction of food trucks).
That one was interesting because the Monsignor at that church was an SS and hated my Father. (Refused to marry my parents (they got married at St. Anne's instead), told me preschool aged me that my Protestant grandfather was burning in hell (not RC doctrine), told parishioners that sis and I didn't have a father (used offensive word that would be blocked and get me in trouble with moderators) and a bunch of other stuff). Dad had to go to the festival organizer and tell him that they would pull the beer, and report the church to TABC and that the church would get a huge fine. (If he didn't act and TABC found out Dad would face worse penalties because they got their licence for the event because he vouched for them)