Wakarusa 2011 Begins!
The stifling heat and humidity has found its way to the Ozarks, just in time for the 20,000-plus crowd to descend on Mulberry Mountain for Wakarusa 2011. Following a 14-hour, two-day journey from North Carolina, my buddy and I arrived to a campsite darkened by the night, but still plagued by oppressive humidity. Since my friend and I camp about once every five years, we struggled a bit in the construction of our tent, but had soon set up camp and cracked a few brews with some newfound revelers. And with that, our journey has begun. So far today, I’ve toured the vast festival site, sampled food from a few local vendors, and browsed the merchant tables (always an entertaining crew at music festivals). I’ve also loaded up on the water and snacks, gone through a copious amount of sunscreen, and sat down for a few minutes to chat with the lovely and talented Grace Potter (an article there forthcoming) whose band rocks the Main Stage later tonight. More updates to come as the festival starts kicking into gear tonight.