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Harvest Music Festival: The Chompdown

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Photo: Bryan Clifton
Thursday night's Hackensaw Boys performance got festival goers in the mood to party. Spontaneous music cropped up through the campgrounds into the wee hours. The enthusiasm was fine and dandy, but I’m used to snoozing in quieter quarters. I gave in, but not to the music. I dug out my trusty Benadryl in hopes it would help lull me to sleep in spite of the nearby drum circle.

Friday morning arrived too quickly, but some hoppin' tunes lured me out of my comfy hammock tent to see what was up. A crowd was gathering in the upgraded camping area (re: electricity, flushing toilets and water spouts) as the popular Shreveport, La. band Dirtfoot got their traditional Chompdown underway.

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Photo: Bryan Clifton

Attendees streamed in carrying breakfast items to the makeshift kitchen set up in front of the band. They cook it and you eat it while enjoying the band's performance.

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Photo: Bryan Clifton

This morning, the Harvest Tent played host to hoop dancing workshops courtesy of the Kaivalya Hoop Dancers of Denver, Colo.

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Roving vendors selling Bloody Mary’s, artwork and blown glass have begun infiltrating the campgrounds on day two of Harvest Fest. There' s also no shortage of Chacos, VW vans or converted school buses.

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Photo: Bryan Clifton

The tunes on this beautiful, breezy day atop Mulberry Mountain have spirits high. But the crowd is steadily growing, and I'm becoming a little concerned about how long the port-a-potties will hold out. Highlights of today’s shows at the nearly completed Mulberry Mountain Stage are Splitlip Rayfield, The Avett Brothers and Leftover Salmon.

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