Countryfest 2013 Recap (+ You Really Need to Go in 2014!)
Our first GUEST POST! Our fabulous friend Amber (and fellow web marketer – we hang out in packs) happily agreed to share her love of country music by covering Countryfest for Two Amused Bouches. It happens each year, right here in our backyard. She and her boyfriend “The Beard” know what’s what when it comes to country music…and they were there for the entire 3-day extravaganza. Read on for Amber’s recap…it’s enough to make us want to join her next year.
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Hi, I ‘m Amber! I am here to give you the 411 on The Countryfest 2013 at Clay’s Park in Orrville, Ohio. This was my first year at The Countryfest, and I was lucky enough to go with a great group of people who made me and my boyfriend (aka The Beard) feel right at home. I am a huge country music fan so I knew we would have fun, I just didn’t realize how much fun! Camping, bonfires, music…The Beard and I had a great time!
This was obviously the reason everyone was at Countryfest. They had a great lineup every night!
Thursday: Jana Kramer, Chris Cagle, Rodney Atkins, and Darius Rucker. My favorite performer for the night had to be Darius. He even played some Hootie and the Blowfish. He had so much energy and is a pro performer.
Friday: Chris Cavanaugh, Dustin Lynch, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Lady Antebellum. I know a lot of people were excited for Lynryd but I was most anxious to see Lady A. I have seen them before and just love them. Their new song Downtown is great, and Hillary was so cute.
Saturday: Clayton Anderson, Parmalee, Montgomery Gentry, Little Big Town, and Dierks Bentley. I am a HUGE fan of the last three performers! Montgomery Gentry had an amazing performance; they played all of their hits, and the crowd was going crazy. Little Big Town is really hot right now; we ended up getting really close to the stage. There were only four people in front of us! The final song they played, Boondocks, was a great way to end it. Dierks was absolutely awesome!!! I have to say I was totally impressed by him, he was all over the stage (being short, I couldn’t see him when he was center stage so I appreciated it when he came to the sides). He rocked it! Montgomery Gentry and Dierks tied for my favorite performances at Cfest.
I am not much of a camping person but I think camping made the experience so much better. Hanging out with friends before and after the concerts was the best part! Our group had a lot of fun just sitting around the fire talking. Plus, ahem, you can indulge in multiple beverages without worrying about driving home. We stayed at the campgrounds all three nights, but every morning we drove home to shower. Living a short 20 minute drive away was way too tempting for me. I enjoy hot running showers, plus there were only six showers in our area (three for women and three for men) and I heard people waited an hour and a half to shower in cold water. I admit, even if I had lived an hour away I would have gone home to shower.
Typical fair-style food was available up by the concert area. Corn dogs, pizza, fries, funnel cakes, the usual. Vendors were selling pop, water, and lemonade (at a bewildering $3.00 for a 20 oz.) and of course beer, liquor, and malt beverages. The beers were $6.00 and the others were $12.00. High prices are expected but it’s no fun handing over that much money for one drink. We had food and drinks at our camping site, but you cannot bring any of it into the concert area. They will ask you to empty your pockets and search your bags. You can definitely save a few bucks by making food at your campsite.
The people at Countryfest were friendly and slightly inebriated. It was definitely a party atmosphere with a noise level to match. The concerts were obviously very crowded – I’m talking standing shoulder to shoulder. But everyone was so excited to hear so-and-so sing that no one seemed to mind. Unless you tried to get in front of them, in which case, think again. I saw a few altercations over people “cutting” in front of others to get closer to the stage. Just don’t do it. It’s rude, and those people probably waited a long time to get that close. As far as camping, a lot of people just walked up to our fire to say hi, and we would end up starting a conversation. It was fun to hear people’s stories and of course their thoughts on the night’s concert lineup.
- If you are camping, you can get to Clay’s on Wednesday (the night before Countryfest starts) and camp for $30 per person. This is a good idea if you have a large group and want to camp together.
- The cell service in the concert and camping areas sucks, basically your phone picks and chooses when it will work (I have Verizon, btw).
- Charging phones is impossible unless you have a camper or a car that can do it while it’s not running (my friend’s Chevy Cobalt does).
- If you are a technut and must have access to the web, you can purchase Wi-Fi. I think it just $5.00 for all three days.
- Bring lots of firewood for fires!!!
- Non-campers can go into the camping area until 7:00PM, after that they religiously check wrist bands but some people were able to sneak through.
All in all, Countryfest was a lot of fun! I know The Beard and I will be going back next year, and I hope to see you there!