I just got back from Merritt Mountain Musicfest.
Yes, it's a country music festival, and although I can stomach country (what, I grew up in small town B.C. I know how to two step and wear a cowboy hat) I am still a bit green to the whole country music scene and feel a bit old for rocking out at festivals. But when presented with a free weekend ticket complete with camping in an RV (cost over $300 FREE! )I knew it was too good to pass up. Note I can totally understand why people that paid full price hated me when I had to ask who Kenny Chesney and Jo Dee Messina were.
And yeeehaw, it was a hootenany of a good time.I finally made it to Merritt Mountain after rolling my car on the way two years ago. Remember that post? Yeah. I bussed it this time. But the point is, I made it!
It wasn't quite what people were talking about when Merritt Mountain was in it's prime,(where Maxim magazine dubbed it the third most likely place to get laid at, after Mardi Gras and Cancun-Spring Break) but after seventeen years of playing in Merritt they know how to do it right. It was clean, it was organized and it was a a hell of a good time.
It wasn't the place for fashionistas and name dropping it was a place of dirty sandals and cowboys hats. Mullets and redneck flags and plaid shirts by the dozen. Cowboy boots tromped through mud and the every day people dragged beach chairs to the river to do what we all came there to do. Drink beer, listen to country music and get to know each other. It was friendlier than anything else.
I have to say it was fun to embrace my inner cowgirl for the weekend and drink Bud Lime and dance to the Steve Miller Band and give out some whoops and a few woooohooooooos. Maybe age is catching up with me but my clothes stayed firmly attached on my body, the only thing my lips touched was beer and the only fighting I did was with the current when going upstream to meet others. Lesson learned, myself included, before people judge going to a country musicfest I encourage you to try it on for size and you may just like it as I did. Also, fashion aside after seeing a few of these around I think if anything can bring the fanny pack back, Merritt Mountain can!