The only beer fest I've attended had some parents there who got smashed, and the cops had to be called. I left when the cops showed up, but a friend who stayed who knew the family said that CPS had to come pick up the kids. It was a debacle.
ETA: Yes, my experience is limited.
So, at the one and only beer fest you've attended, you once witnessed *some* (not all, or even the majority) parents get drunk and CPS had to be called, and based on that *one* isolated incident, you're branding all parents who take their kids to Oktoberfest as "utter idiots" and advocating having 911 on speed dial?
That seems hugely unwarranted and unfair.
This. That's totally OTT. The Oktoberfests I've seen have been focused on food, music, dancing, other culture-y stuff, and yes, beer, but not just
beer and not to a ridiculous extent. Here's a link to one near where I lived for a long time:http://www.visithermann.com/special_events/octoberfest.htm
Obviously, an adults only event is an adults only event, but an Oktoberfest in general is not automatically inappropriate for kids. It can be more like going to the state fair or Ren Fest.