Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Festival!


What a busy little camper I have been. Yesterday we held out 7th Music festival at my flat farm. Jerry Garcia was smiling down from the heavens and sent perfect weather!

The last three weeks were spent getting the place ready for the fun. The new pole barn got all of its skin finished up and windows installed. The stage was repaired and the video screen was hung. With a small army of helpers, pushing and riding mowers, swinging weed whackers, and myself on the John Deere pulling the brush hog the grounds looked beautiful. The place is a natural for music. Pole barn is the back drop and the land gently drops away towards the property. When a band is playing you can not hear it at the street.

My youngest son Jon started this festival in 2000 and called it "Pig Jam." Back then we roasted a pig as part of the party. We have evolved and no longer do that, but serve a more sophisticated menu. This year included Corn, hot dogs, hamburgers, clams, corn bread, baked beans, salt potatoes, stuffed hot peppers, sausage, squash steaks, many desserts, snack trays including cheeses, crackers, grapes, mango slices, apples, and bean dip, plus desserts, and stuff I have forgotten. Dick and Manny did a chicken bar-b-b-q.All beverages are B.Y.O.B to reduce liability even though this has not been a problem as of yet. Also put on breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning, no one went hungry!

We encourage those attending to car pool, allow no street parking at all. and invite everyone to spend the week-end at the farm. This year we had motor homes, pop-ups, and tent villages sprawled in all corners of the 27 acres we use. Only rules are no fires and no dogs! Campers started setting up their homes away from home on Wednesday and some are still there as I type. Some set-ups looked quite comfy, some even had solar walkway lights, we do allow torch lanterns and grilles. Common sense being the guiding light. I visited every site several times and met some very nice people!

So you do not think I am some dirty filthy Hippie let me assure you this event is family friendly. We had folks from 9 months to 84 years old. The kids are the best thing and all had a great time. I do not judge anyones lifestyle nor care how they handle stress, but I do demand respect for all my guests so all those doing their thing did it discretely.

Friday was the kick off party and we served kettle cooked walleye and got the stage dressed up for the big show on Saturday. Music was everywhere from drum circles , to the full blown production on Saturday. 11 bands played until 6:30 am Sunday morning. No mishaps, fights, or complaints from neighbors. This is truly about the music!

The only thing I feel bad about is the cost. We have not totaled everything this year, but close to even is good. The first two we did not charge to get in and it got too costly. We decided not to have anymore. Our guests changed our minds and even set up presale tickets. So since year three we have charged $25.00 prepaid and $30.00 the day of the show. We also do a very long V.I.P list for those that dig in and help. Those that join the clean-up crew on Sunday get a free ride the following year!

9 comments:

doggybloggy said...

wow what a cool event...where did you say this farm is?

Dragonfly Dreaming said...

WOW! And you didn't invite me??! I would SO very much have a good time! And I would be respectful.
Sorta. ;)

Missed you.

Gina said...

Oh, how fun to both camp and enjoy a show!! You have been busy!

Bina said...

Wow! That is the coolest thing! You have it on your farm, and it sounds like you have everything under control and thought about, which is why everyone has a great time and it just keeps going. Heck, I would go to something like that. What fun!

MarmiteToasty said...

Wish I had been there, it sounds like it was brill.....

x

Michelle said...

This sounds like a fun event! Friends, Family and Fun! Nothing better! I'm jealous about the Walleye! We don't have any here! When I travel to MN to visit the inlaws we catch as many as we can and fly them to ID. I haven't had any for a couple of years!

Merelyme said...

what is wrong with being a dirty filthy hippy? :>) haven't seen you in awhile...are you okay?

MarmiteToasty said...

Hoping everything is ok...... DONT make me have to jump on an aeroplane and hunt you down.....

miss you....

x

Merelyme said...

just checking up on you....you haven't posted in a loooong time. you okay?