ROMP festival attendees prepare for music, hot weather


DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) The main stage at the ROMP Festival in Daviess County is heating up just as the weather starts heating up.

Tens of thousands of bluegrass music fans are expected at Yellow Creek Park for this year’s festival.

As they focus on the three days of performances, they also must focus on staying cool during the hot weather.

These bluegrass music fans can’t wait for the performers to start.

“We’re looking forward to Billy Strings and Trampled by Turtles tonight, so we want to make sure that we’re here and see them and hear them clearly,” says Ericka Roberts of Owensboro.

“I pull off that little flier, and I look at it, and every time I look at it, I go, ‘Oh, there’s another band I want to see,’” adds John Bayerl of Detroit.

But the warm weather didn’t wait to make its presence known — less than a day after storms moved through.

“Luckily, we didn’t stay last night,” recalled Alex Roach of Owensboro.

To stay cool, festival goers and volunteers are using umbrellas, tents, and canopies to stay out of the sun while some campers have the air conditioners on their RV’s going.

“Sunscreen, umbrella, we have a tent set up, a couple of hammocks in the shade, so you take a break when you need one,” says Roach.

Owensboro Health is installing a new misting arch for this year, with water spraying to keep concert goers cool.

“We turn it on and it really takes the temperature down quite a bit. We’re out here in the bright sun and its over 90 degrees and very humid, and as soon as you turn it on, it really relives a lot of that heat,” says Somer Wilhite of Owensboro Health.

But some like jerry Eicher of Toledo, Ohio says they won’t let the weather get to them.

“We want to be out where it’s all happening, in front of the stage,” he says. “it doesn’t get much better than that. Me and John, we’ve been in another festival and it was pouring down rain and we were both in front of the stage going, ‘Yeah!'”

Chris Joslin of the Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame And Museum, the festival’s organizer, say they’ll announce reminders to the crowd to hydrate, and remind them of first aid tents open if they need it.

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(This story was originally published on June 27, 2019)

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