Ah geeze... You people are all just too stressed out! I started this post as a FRIENDS school is doing this and I'd never heard of it.
No judging intended!
P. S I'm actually finding this all quite entertaining :-)
Why does it bother people so much if others drink alcohol? If the person is quietly enjoying their drink (note: not raging around like a drunken idiot) what concern is it to you?
Poor old alcohol has such a bad rep!
I don't think it's appropriate at a family event held at a school, a quiz night or some other adults only function at a school, sure... no issue there.
I also think it really does depend on the school, our local primary has enough drunks there without actually having alcohol supplied at the event.
I don't think the average school fete should be serving alcohol, it's not the time or the place. (Admittedly I haven't been to a school fete since the early 80s - have they changed much?) I can't help but wonder how many parents would blow over the legal limit as they got in their car to drive home. What about the parents with alcohol issues who gets drunk and causes some havoc? Is the school ready to deal with such an issue?
Aren't school fetes all about lucky dips, white elephant stalls and other little fund raisers? The last one I went to it was like walking around a market - do you really need or want a drink to do this?
Having said that we did go to a local fete a few years ago where the whole thing is a really big day. It's probably not a fete as they have a series of jazz bands and singers, food to taste from around the world and wine tasting among other things to see and do. I think in that context it was fine but not for your average school fete.
I'm not comfortable with it, being brought up in a family where you only drank to get drunk. (Has anyone heard Blake Shelton's 'The More I Drink'? That's brings back a lot of memories for me & is a perfect description of me & alcohol.)
I do tend to raise an eyebrow when I hear about a couple of casual drinks, but I try to remind myself that other people do not have the same history or potential problems with alcohol that I do.
In regards to the OP I don't think it's that unusual. When I was growing up our school always had alcohol available at fetes (not sure dad would have come along if there wasn't ). It appears this still current practice as the two local public schools held a combined fete last weekend complete with bar tent.
I have no issue at all with alcohol being served at school fetes.
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