The line at the beer concession was consistently busy through the first two hours of the annual music event, with sometimes two or three dozen people waiting for service.
"We've already sold two rolls of tickets," said marketing co-director
All proceeds benefit local community organizations. This year's beneficiaries include the
Volunteers from all three organizations were on hand at the beer concession, keeping three steel tanks full of ice and beer and quickly passing cans to thirsty patrons.
Business was steady at the food concessions as well.
"A crowd like this will go through 400 pounds of meat," said
Most of that came from one 300-pound hog he smoked for 18 hours.
"The oven temperature is 250 degrees. You cook it until the internal temperature is 190, then the oven shuts down," Busch said.
The air temperature down by the river was about half that Saturday. The
"Are you feeling it?" yelled the lead singer for the band Tantric, speaking as much about the music as the heat.
The mosh pit in front of the stage was a popular spot, but so were the open-sided tents, sun umbrellas and a handful of shady spots on the grassy slopes. And for those who needed even more help beating the heat, volunteers with the
"It seems like the more people drink, the more they come to visit us," said firefighter
"I'm not really into the bands," Hearsey said. Bringing out the water hoses "is something nice for the kids, so they don't have to sit with their parents. They can go look for golf balls, then come over here."
Volunteers continued to spray down the kids and adults as the sun dipped towards the horizon. The bands Filter and Fuel were up next. As temperatures began to drop, the music just got louder.
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