The Romp Festival went off without a hitch on Saturday, despite the looming weather
September 19 – While the rain may have threatened to put a damper on things early in the day, the Romp Festival went off without a hitch on Saturday.
The festival drew a large crowd to Yellow Creek Park for its Saturday lineup with warm, sunny weather for most of the day as attendees parked lawn chairs in front of the main stage to enjoy the music.
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and museum executive director Chris Joslin said this year’s festival was one of the smoothest yet and attributed that to staff and the partnership with the park and the tax court. of Daviess County.
“I think it’s been one of the smoothest in terms of the overall process. We’ve been dealing with a bit of time and it’s always a wildcard when it comes to an outdoor festival, but really everything went well, ”he said. .
He said most of the feedback throughout the four-day event was also positive.
“The festival really made a good impression. It was organized, well organized,” he said.
Attendees were especially happy to return to Romp this year after missing out in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Rebecca Parrett, from Cincinnati, said this was her fourth year coming to the Romp Festival. She said her birthday was in June, when the festival is usually held, and that she wanted to come to celebrate.
“We are really excited that it’s back this year,” she said. “It’s got great music, it’s a very calm, nice, family environment and it’s not too expensive. Some festivals rip you off, but it’s really cool. The park is really nice too.”
First-time contestant Nikki Boarman from Owensboro said that although she had never been to Romp before, she was planning to return. After all, she said, she and her husband live just 15 minutes from Yellow Creek Park.
Boarman said she came on a spur of the moment after receiving free tickets.
Another longtime participant, Vicki Hast of Owensboro, said she has been coming to Romp since its inception.
She said the festival “is spectacular” and everyone in Owensboro should experience it.
“I mean, it’s right here in our backyard… we’ve been supporting the museum for a long time. We’ve involved other people this year, people who have never been there and I hope they will come back. “, she said. “It’s spectacular. If people don’t know what’s going on here, they’re missing out.”
Christie Netherton, [email protected], 270-691-7360