The South Park Music Festival survival guide

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Brandon Marshall
Another great Colorado music festival, Snowball

Thousands of people will descend on the tiny town(s) of South Park and Fairplay this patriotic weekend for the South Park Music Festival. Whether you're a pro at camping music festivals or a newbie who only bought tickets because you didn't realize South Park was a real town, there are some things everyone should know for those three days of music, mud, partying and sleeping on the ground.

Music festivals, especially the "pitch a tent and party here for the weekend" kind are a marathon, and for the unexperienced or unprepared, a beautiful weekend in the mountains can easily turn into a nightmare where you find yourself suddenly quoting Gob Bluth -- "I've made a huge mistake." So we've put together a survival guide so you can spend the 4th of July weekend fully enjoying Slightly Stoopid while making far too many South Park jokes.

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Brandon Marshall
Enjoy South Park Music Festival as much as these people

Make a schedule ahead of time, and then don't stick to it.
The best and worst part of any festival is that there are going to be a few overlapping sets from bands you want to see. Will you see Slighty Stoopid or Matisyahu? Will you make across the fields in five minutes to catch all of Paper Diamond and Heroes X Villians? Planning out your day will keep you from missing the moments your most excited for, but everyone knows he best moments in life are the spontaneous ones, and that goes double for music festivals. You're only obligation is to have fun, so make that the priority over your perfectly organized plan-or more likely the semi-schedule you wrote on your hand.

Dress Appropriately (read: dress for everything and anything)
Colorado weather in the summer means that it can go from boiling to raining to snowing to windy to hot again in about an hour. So, as cute as you may look in those Daisy Dukes and crop top made entirely of neon plastic flowers, you're going to looks cold and dumb when that afternoon hail storm hits. So go ahead and pack that bright yellow tank and body paint, but also pack some jeans, and a rain jacket, and a hoody, and anything else you could need for an unpredictable Colorado summer weekend. Better to be the kid with a bunch of extra clothes in your tent then the one with hypothermia because you only brought a bikini.

If you're stuck on what to wear, this outfit has gotten me through seven festivals: jean shorts, a V-neck tee, a sweatshirt or waterproof jacket, a bandana to protect against dust/sun and your old Converse All-Stars.

Pack Smart
If you're heading to South Park, you will most likely be camping, so make sure you grab all those packing essentials you probably already have in the back of your Subaru. Other important things to bring: a big bag for your clothes, a small bag to carry around, sunscreen, water bottle, cash. Don't bring all that extra stuff you "might use" or "kind of want." It'll just take up room in your tent and you'll probably lose it anyway.


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American Safari Ranch

1246 County Road 16, Fairplay, CO

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25 comments
Trent Kerr
Trent Kerr

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jillram75
jillram75

Dear Editor: South Park is not a real town!!! It is a part of Colorado housing several towns!!! If we are going to write to the public maybe we should get our facts straight, just saying!!!!!

jillram75
jillram75

Dear Editor: South Park is not a town!!! It is a part of Colorado housing several towns!!! Maybe we should get our facts straight when we are writing to the public; just saying. People will be driving around aimlessly looking for the town of South Park, when it doesn't even exist!!!

Kevin Shields
Kevin Shields

Wow.. Why is this photo of Snowball 3 years ago? Couldn't find any relevant ones of South Park?

James Mahan
James Mahan

let's get on down to South Park, and have ourselves a good time.

Megan Haenny
Megan Haenny

Don't have to stash your weed...its welcome in the venue. First time ever.

James Brown
James Brown

Matthew Fecher- are you back at it for this?

Lisa Eshom Rawlings
Lisa Eshom Rawlings

Patrick Layman from Facebook4 hours ago Many message boards are saying that people are saying they're going to loot local residents' homes on the evening of the 4th. This is really scary stuff.

Loghome Finishing
Loghome Finishing

There is no town named South Park, you guys should fix the first sentence, Fairplay is the town. I live in Fairplay, the Safari Ranch is really remote, ruff place for a festival for sure.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

There is no town named South Park!  The town is Fairplay.  The name South Park dates back to the 1800's when Grand County was North Park, Summit County was Middle Park, and Park County was SOUTH PARK!  Correct your article before people get lost on dangerous crowded holiday roads trying to find a town that doesn't even exist anywhere in Colorado.


For reference I live in Fairplay, which is why I know there is no town named South Park.

Patrick Layman
Patrick Layman

I don't know. On the TECH N9NERS msg board, they're having a contest that's essentially a scavenger hunt based on other people's stolen household belongings.

David Novin
David Novin

I can assure you that that will not happen.

Tracie Smith
Tracie Smith

haha. i see what you did there with the "going down to south park" clever.

Patrick Layman
Patrick Layman

Many message boards are saying that people are saying they're going to loot local residents' homes on the evening of the 4th. This is really scary stuff.

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