Three-drink limit for beer, wine at Indiana State Fair

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Strict limits will be in place when the Indiana State Fair sells alcoholic drinks for the first since 1946 when its 17-day run begins Friday.

The fair says customers will be limited to three beers or three glasses of wine apiece. They also can sample products as long as they don't have more than 36 ounces of beer or 15 ounces of wine.

Spokesman Andy Klotz said the fair wants some controls in place so people are limited in their drinking while they're at the fairgrounds on Indianapolis' north side.

The drinks will be served at the Grand Hall across the street from the Fairgrounds Coliseum. People must be at least 21 to enter and the drinks must stay inside. The featured Indiana breweries and wineries will change daily.


  • Why should your definition of "Family Oriented" be imposed on everyone?
    I'm not sure why you assume that just because something is "Family Oriented" there can't be alcohol available. Weddings almost always family oriented, and many serve alcohol. Many sporting events are considered family oriented, and people can purchase alcohol there. Why does it matter if children see adults consume alcohol? Wouldn't it be a good lesson for children to learn how to consume alcohol responsibly? This outlet will allow them to learn the science and art behind crafting beverages. If you don't think there is a social or material benefit to serving alcoholic beverages, you might want to look at how many corporations operate from entertainment to staff recognition. Most responsible adults consume alcohol without any intention of getting "slightly or highly drunk." Perhaps you should be exposed to an event such as this to broaden your horizons...bring your kids too - they clearly won't learn this from you.
  • Laws
    Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.
  • LIMITS...really?
    I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????
  • Baby steps
    I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."
  • Silly restrictions
    This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.
  • Such vitriol my word
    First the article seems pretty simple to me...says the "fair" (whoever that is) wanted some controls in place so people are limited...Lee's point that they are legislating common sense is true obviously...the reason a tiny Lady (Asian or otherwise) and a big Hoosier guy have the same limit is because if they didn't, the latter might, in addition to drinking too much, consume lots of fried and greasy fair food and barf on the tilt-a-whirl or try to exercise his second amendment rights which spoils the fun for everyone, it's a testosterone thing sometimes, sort of like cutting off drinking at the end of the 3rd quarter at some NFL stadiums or after the 7th inning in Baseball ...of course it is arbitrary and dumb, it is simply trying to balance commerce vs. the complaints of people who don't like to encounter abusive drunks, and whatever standard they apply isn't going to meet everyone's (or in this case maybe anyone's) approval. Alcohol has been added to drive commerce at the fair, and to showcase Indiana's wineries and breweries, the best of which can hold their own with anyone...and the limits have been put in place to keep the folks who would come without alcohol to feel that there won't be a bunch of drunks wandering around being abusive and upchucking wine and Italian Sausage w/Peppers and Onions while knocking over the Lamb Burger stand...that is all that it is...it isn't Big Brother...it is the fair trying to keep everyone that has come in the past coming, and trying to drive new traffic w/ alcoholic drinks...I guess you could protest and not go and show "the fair" how foolish you really think this is...
  • We forget
    Apparently at some time before alcohol has been served at the fair. The problem is that beer or wine used to be a common drink for people before soft drinks and was not thought to be that unusual. Since many folks now only drink to see how much they can drink or what kind of condition they can end up in it becomes more problematic. Go to Europe and its no big deal just as if you had sodas of milk to drink everyday. Its using common sense that is lacking now days.
    • Ugh
      Just another example of the government giving us only as much as it wants of what we want. Thanks, Big Brother!
    • RE: Lee
      Lee, there's no benefit at all to pop so should all sodas be removed from the fair, too? I don't think this is going to lead to the end of civilization as so many that comment here seem to be thinking. I believe Indiana was the last state fair in the US to allow alcohol. You can get alcoholic beverages at such kid friendly places as Disney World, Cedar Point, even Chuck E Cheese!
    • dumb
      this is dumb. this is just to please the churchy country folks who think all drinking is bad bc they want to live in 1755 instead of 2014
    • Ridiculous
      How about concentrating on drunk driving instead of setting unenforceable and unscientific alcohol limits? Why is the limit the same for a tiny Asian lady or a big Hoosier guy?
    • I don't understand
      I don't understand how this will be enforced - how will they keep someone from coming back and having three more in an hour - and then three more in another hour. I don't understand why three is the magic number - when some people can handle ten and some people can't handle one. I don't understand why they'd push so hard to include alcohol at the fair and then put an artificial cap on the number of drinks - unless they're just trying to show some social conscience to protect their reputation or market it to the media. I don't understand why, if they're going to have alcohol at the fair, they don't use reasonable standards that are applied by state law to restaurants and bars. I don't really understand why they're having alcohol at the fair in the first place - because you know that someone will be arrested for going in and having a few drinks while they let their small children run free through the fairgrounds. But, most of all, i don't understand why they have to have some sort of compromise - either have alcohol at the fair or don't. Don't play games around some sort of artificial limit that isn't enforceable. It just looks silly.
    • what benefit is this to a family oriented state fair
      Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

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