Originally Posted by jwible204
Sounds like you're in it for the prizes, that's quite stupid.
Maybe it's the economist in me, but the event just had no incentives. Paraphrasing the website, it said that the event was providing people "willing to drink your beer" like that was a huge selling point. Unless a beer is horrible, there should always be people willing to drink it...friends, family, yourself, etc.
The brewers were giving up a lot ($50 deposit, time it took to brew the beer, ingredient cost, hassle of schlepping keg(s) and dispensing hardware, having to serve beer for hours, etc.) and getting comparatively little in return (food, "bragging rights", helping the Elks raise money).
The incentive for commercial breweries in beerfests are to get the company's beer tasted (and hopefully well-received) which could lead to increased sales. The incentives for homebrewers entering contests are constructive judge feedback and possibility of ribbons/prizes. At this particular event, you are acting like a brewery with no chance of sale, no chance of judge feedback and no chance of ribbons/prizes...while providing a $50 deposit for the "privilege" of people drinking your homebrew.