Twenty people were arrested for underage drinking or providing alcohol to a minor at a country music concert in Turlock over the weekend, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.
The Kat Country 103 FM Listeners Appreciation Concert was held Saturday at the Stanislaus County Fairground. KATM is a country music station based in Modesto.
During a seven-hour operation, deputies from the Sheriff's Department and agents from the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control contacted a number of people drinking alcohol to determine if they were of legal age, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Twenty individuals were arrested for being underage in possession of alcohol or furnishing a minor with alcohol.
“KAT Country works very hard to ensure that minors are not provided alcohol at their annual concert and they provide a safe and secure environment for everyone who attends,” sheriff’s Deputy Patrick McCulloch said in a news release. “Despite their efforts, there are still those who find a way to violate the law by consuming alcohol as a minor or provide alcohol to minors.”
Bob Berger, general manager of the company that owns KATM, said he was glad that the arrests were made. The radio station hires officers from Turlock Police and the sheriff’s department to work security at the concert, which roughly 12,000 people attend.
“People asked, did we know they were there?” Berger said. “Of course we did; we hired them ... we don’t want underage drinking.”
The operation was funded through a grant from the California State Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, the Sheriff’s Department said.