Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowgirls



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!




14 comments:

Andy said...

Even if I'm not a HUGE country music fan, I'd go, just for the fun and the trip.

It's not everyday you see real cowboys!!

Jack said...

Lime Bud? Bejesus! Your 'beer' is weak enough as it is :-) Has your land embraced strong cider yet? Either way, sounds like a good time was had by all, which is what matters - clothes on or not.

Mike said...

I'd pack her fanny.

Just saying.

Organic Meatbag said...

Country Music makes me empty the contents of my stomach upon contact of the sounds of jangly violins and steel guitars to my eardrum, but it sounds like you had a good time, so kudos to you! I would have just packed my ears with gauze...
And oh yeah, WTF was the Steve Miller Band doing at a country music festival????

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I LOVE country music! I woulda SO been there if the tickets weren't so darn expensive!

Kelsey said...

I Heart MMMF. I went a few years ago, a few years in a row, and I imagine that is why my liver now resembles a shriveled up raisin.

It is a great time, and I am pleased to hear that you can still have a blast after it was reformed last year :)

P.S. Love the pic!

Lanette said...

This is just a question...but are you sporting a Louis Vuitton purse while in the local thrift store?

I don't have a problem with either, I would just like to point out that it is an amazing combination! :)

Angela said...

I HATE country music, but I think if I were wasted I could love a country music festival.

Random Musings Of My Life said...

Your so funny.. I dont do country either...

Meghan said...

Andy- there is a lot of them round these parts.

Jack- shoosh you, Canadian beer is almost 7% and like mooshine to most other countries. Come here and I'll introduce you to a crown float (beer/cider mix).

Mike- I laughed when posting the pics knowing that comment was gonna follow from you :P

Organic Meatbag-I don't know but it was a lot of fun two stepping to Abracadabra. Shrug.

Amber- I lucked out hardcore with the free tixs as they were pricey this year.

Kelsey- I thought of you all weekend (in a non creepy way) as it was sponsored by Bud Lime :)

Lanette- good observation! I own 3 real Louis's I've found at thrift stores. No lie.

Angela- it's hard to hate so much love and beer and fun.

Random Musings- but you would love Merritt Mountain.

Bruce said...

Sounds like Burning Man for Canadians....

Slyde said...

i need to correct you. the third most likely place to get laid is over at my place :)

p.s. you riding a hobbyhorse is kinda sexy....

LiLu said...

"Hootenanny" just got added to the list of words I've decided to bring back.

And I just showed B that picture and told him it's what I'm getting for his birthday.

Meghan said...

Bruce- sort of but not really.

Slyde- you should see me ride a bull!

Lilu- I hope he gets you one in return. Cute matchy couple with beer fannys.