Need some help with interpreting my state laws or who can i contact to help?
There has been some local post on the Idaho state police website with this being said to the public.
Home Brewing Information
"Recently we have had a lot of questions in regards to home brewing contests and other forms of competition. Idaho and Federal law allows the privilege of manufacturing wine or brewing beer for personal and family use in the privacy of your home without a brewery or winery license. Idaho State law does not permit an unlicensed person to allow their wine or beer to be consumed by the general public in such contests, competitions or exhibitions. If you intend to compete in a homemaker’s contest, competition or exhibition you must obtain the proper state, county, city and federal licensing. For more information click here. [pdf] "
I organize the local state fair for a yearly homebrew comp and we have multiple entries from around the US along with organized judging. Basically they are saying we cant do this anymore unless we have the proper licensing.
This is a link to the PDF
Any suggestions or recommendations on how to proceed with education to the local homebrewers and determining what the law really is would be appreciated
I contacted my state directly and provided a description of the events we would hold. In my state there was a specific agency under the department of revenue. The people I talked to were very helpful. They had me write descriptions of the event. They had the event descriptions reviewed and sent me letters stating they were legal.
Actually, for 1 event they first said it was illegal. I had to make a change and resubmit (they told me what was wrong.) On the second try I got a letter stating we were legal.
To find the right agency I worked my way patiently through a phone tree (explaining my issue to multiple people along the way.)
In your case, this may not help since they have clearly stated contests are not legal. However, they might know a work around.