I have attended two Fests' in Chicago..and would have to agree that it is a very mixed bag as far as ages respresented.
Everyone here does not need to be told that music, Beatles music in particular, crosses all boundries when it comes to age. This is one of the things i enjoyed about the experience of attending a Fest - the wide age spectrum. There are ALL ages...literally...from toddlers up to senior citizens! The mix is great...young n old...from all walks of life. This is what makes going to such a event interesting and entertaining.
I would'nt say i 'met a lot of people' though. I thought it would be a more open event ...as in, people being more open and forthcoming in conversations for such a large attendence. In the end i felt a bit alienated. Others will of course experience it differently..but for the lone attendee it became a bit depressing for me. The exact opposite effect happened...instead of feeling 'part of the fun' and 'included'..i left feeling a bit 'left out'.
Thus why i stopped attending. That, and losing my Art Show entry ( still hoping for it's return...see previous post i made in this thread)
On a happier note, when i did attend i found these two activities the most enjoyable-
The perpetual improptu musicians' 'jam' under the stairs on the floor level of hotel. Loved just hanging out here watching the folks play and sing...had the most communal vibe of anything else going on...and one does not have to pay for a ticket to expereince this.
'Liverpool'. Nuf' said!