No More BYOB at Septemberfest Officials Say Policy Intended to Curb Rowdy Behavior; Increase Control over Drinking

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Byline: Eric Peterson Daily Herald Staff Writer

Hoping to curb an increase in drunken and rowdy behavior that was threatening to keep families away from their big Labor Day weekend festival, Schaumburg is preparing to ban people from bringing in their own alcohol or any glass containers.

The policy change will not make Septemberfest an alcohol-free event. But, officials said, it will keep glass away from places where people may be walking barefoot and gives vendors greater control over how much patrons drink.

Trustee Tom Dailly, chair of the village's finance and legal committee, said the beer vendors at Septemberfest are accustomed to working at area restaurants and are authorized to refuse service to those they believe are overindulging.

Septemberfest has been a Schaumburg institution since 1970 - created to give residents a fun reason to stay in town and not hit the highways over the three-day weekend.

Held on the village's municipal grounds, the event has carnival rides, a parade, a Miss Septemberfest competition, arts and crafts vendors and live musical entertainment.

Though there have been few obvious signs of rowdiness, there have been an increasing number of after-the-fact complaints in recent years about people at the evening concerts who seemed to be drinking too much, Special Events Coordinator Roxane Benvenuti said. …