Waylon’s Top 9 Things You Need to Know About Country Jam 2018
There are a number of things you need to know before you head out to Country Jam. Most of these fall well within the realm of common sense, but it never hurts to go over them again. Let's take a look at a few things to consider before the "Four Hottest Days of Summer" roll around.
This year will mark my 27th year at the Jam. Personally, my favorite was 1993, but we won't go into that. Over the course of a quarter century, you pick up a few things. I would like to present nine suggestions which will hopefully make your experience the best ever. In no particular order:
For the 2017 Country Jam, gates will open at the following times:
Thursday - 2 p.m. | Friday - 2 p.m. | Saturday - 2 p.m. | Sunday - 2 p.m.
If you've attended Country Jam in the past, you may remember when gates opened a little earlier. This year, it's 2:00 p.m. across the board (with the exception of the campground party on Wednesday).
Here's a short list of things which are NOT water: beer, Jack Daniel's, rum, soft drinks, and wine.
Granted, back in 8th-grade science class we all learned the water molecule exists in abundance in our world. That having been said, beer, although it may contain water, is NOT water.
On a serious note - a few years ago I carried a grown man out of VIP. We were under the impression he was dead. As it turns out, he had consumed so much alcohol, combined with so little water, he simply gave the appearance of being dead. He suddenly rose from the dead when the EMT shoved a tube up his nose. It was a medical miracle.
You DO NOT want a DUI. For that matter, I'm confident you have no desire to hurt anyone, or yourself. Don't drink and drive. Just don't do it. Enough said.
You longer need to buy drink tickets or carry big wads of cash. The Jam has gone cashless. Not everyone is excited about this, but it does have advantages. You can purchase your drinks, merchandise, and anything else with the wristband you are already wearing. What if you run out of money on your wristband? You can recharge it. Get all the details before you set out.
You never know when the chance to score meet n' greets might arise. For that matter, many times, we don't know. Some of the artists can be a little particular when it comes to this topic. They often wait until just before their show to provide ANY meet n' greets to the public. Stay in touch with the radio station personnel. Keep an eye out for a chance to win passes to meet an artist.
Put simply, stay alert and be ready. It's not uncommon for an artist's management to unload a dozen meet n' greets moments before the meeting is to take place. Follow the instructions as to where to meet and at what time.
Be prepared for anything. Obviously, it is going to be hot, very hot, during the day. We're looking at sunny skies and highs in the mid 90's. Shade is hard to find. This is Western Colorado, so temperatures can drop rapidly in the evening.
Believe it or not, it has been known to rain at Country Jam. The National Weather Service is confident we will see rain on Saturday. While this is kind of a dud for the Jam, it's good news for the rest of Western Colorado. Right now, a significant portion of the state is on fire. In this instance, rain is a good thing. In any event, it's always wise to be prepared for cooler nighttime temperatures.
This one requires little explanation. Mysteriously, the birthrate seems to increase nine months after Country Jam. Go figure.
Last year alone I turned in a driver's license and a cell phone to lost and found. Please keep track of your belongings. It's even wise to "travel light" at the Jam.
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