This past weekend we drove up to Eau Claire, Wisconsin for the Blue Ox Music Festival. I was excited for the bluegrass music of course, but even more so I was immensely happy to be off work for four days with the opportunity to spend time outdoors. Even the rain couldn't get me down.
That is, until it caused us to slide nearly into a ravine...
And so, our music fest started with our car being towed out of the mud slide and into a nearby mud pit where we would camp for the weekend. On the bright side, we were very grateful for the truck that came along and towed us and for the rain gear we had brought.
Day 1 / Thursday
Yep, just a whole lotta rain and mud. But the rain (mostly) let up in time for the music to start and we very much enjoyed our evening seeing Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and The Infamous Stringdusters.
Day 2 - Friday
Oh my, were we happy to wake up and see that sun shining on Friday! We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. We saw Elephant Revival, the Jeff Austin Band, Sam Bush, Kind Country, Tin Can Gin, Pert Near Sandstone, and Greensky Bluegrass. This is one of those small festivals where you're never too far away to run to your campsite and there is a perfect balance of continuous but not overlapping music.
Day 3 - Saturday
The slugs and other bugs came out to play on Saturday! It gave me something to do other than sit in my car, since once again it was raining. The showers lasted into the afternoon, but again stopped just before the music started. Unfortunately the damage was already done to the concert area. We had to hang around the perimeter to avoid becoming one of the mud people. (Seriously…people throwing themselves in head first). On the itinerary were Sans Souci, Burbillies, Hackensaw Boys, more of the festival hosts Pert Near Sandstone, and Yonder Mountain String Band. (Have I mentioned that Pert Near Sandstone has cloggers?!)
Oh, how I love Wisconsin! The scenic drive was definitely a big part of the fun of this trip. There are lovely orchards and farm operations, happy cows, and wide rivers. I also love passing fields of solar panels, wind farms, and metal roofs.
And some things you don't see every day.
And before leaving the state, we had to make a stop for all our Wisconsin things.
That means cheese curds.
That means New Glarus. Moon Man "No Coast" Pale Ale is a fave.
As are the Fruited Sour Ales. We've had and loved the Raspberry Tart and Serendipity. This one is new to us.
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