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Monday, September 15, 2008

Harvest Music Festival: The Aftermath

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 1:55 PM

Friday afternoon was lovely and sunshiney. Music from Shannon Wurst with 3 Penny Acre livened up the Campground Stage, and Cornmeal kicked things off over at the Mulberry Mountain Stage.


Photo: Bryan Clifton

Other than dread locks and patchwork clothes, the most common sight at the Harvest Music Festival has been hula hooping. I never gave it a shot, but it looked like tons of fun.


Photo: Bryan Clifton
By Friday evening, many pairs of rain boots had been donned in anticipation of the deluge. Honestly, I didn't see how this skirt/rain boots get-up was going to keep this girl's feet dry, but whatever. Wouldn't the rain just pour in through the boot tops?


Photo: Bryan Clifton

Friday night the festival spirit won me over and I enjoyed a hell of a good show by The Avett Brothers, my new (only) favorite boy band. Much to my embarrassment the next day, I also did the barefoot hippie twirl during Leftover Salmon. Oh well. It was fun.

Photo: Bryan Clifton

Saturday's skies were gray and tempestous. I knew the rain really was on its way. While rain isn't a terrible thing at a festival where folks haven't bathed for three days, Saturday's storm was intense. The rain began around 1pm, but it didn't put a damper on The Wailers' fans. They danced in the pouring rain for every second of their too short performance.

I let the rain wash my festival spirit away and called it an early night. I was rudely awoken about 2am by the 50mph wind gusts trying to carry me away. I survived the two plus hours of heavy rain and high winds in my hammock tent without getting wet or killed by a falling tree. To my knowledge, there were no physical injuries to festival goers.

I can't say the same for the port-a-potties.


Photo: Bryan Clifton

The majority of campers retreated to their vehicles to wait out the storm. Apparently this fellow sought refuge in a watering trough. Looks like he survived just fine.


Photo: Bryan Clifton

I arrived to the Harvest Music Festival skeptical of how much fun I'd have. I ended up having a blast and survived a tropical storm. Look for a full review in print on Thursday.

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