What a great weekend! With the exception of a hiccup getting into El Dorado 2 on Friday night, the festival was a lot of fun. (After waiting a few hours for the registration folks who never showed up on Friday night, we just drove in and parked ourselves. Probably didn't even need a camping pass at all).
I'm just an average working Joe with GA tickets and a family. So… my quick observations:
First, the music line-up was eclectic and good. Sure, there were a couple of little nits, but it was live - so…..
While the organizers mixed it up a bit in terms of type of Music, I personally would have enjoyed some Southern Rock. Maybe Lynyrd Skynyrd or Molly Hatchet?
We pretty much stayed at the Main Stage, and were not disappointed.
The camping logistics were average, and more importantly the neighbors were nice folks and the atmosphere incredible. This was big because our 3 year old daughter was with us. The energy all night long was festive - folks partying until the morning and having a great time!
The portable showers were a good idea, clean, and about what you'd expect. I appreciated not having to worry about using my onboard water, and accumulating the grey water after the fact.
Liked the coffee booth at ED2. The little one woke up at 6:00 because she was so excited - so being able to walk over to get some quick coffee was cool. Also, truth in advertising: The sign said that they opened at "6ish." I'm not a coffee connoisseur, so can't really say anything about the quality. It was caffeine…early in the morning.
The concessions we're pretty good, too. Lot of things we don't need were available for purchase. Unfortunately, I didn't get to taste any of the BBQ Cook-off, but heard it was tasty. The other food I had was, well, fair food. Had a pulled pork and potato salad plate - probably should have selected something else.
With a little more effort, I think the organizers could have beefed up the kids' area to make it even more fun for them.
Music = B+
Food = C
Other Concessions = B
Camping Facilities = C+
Overall "fun" Atmosphere = A
Event Staff = A (didn't really interact with them, so they stayed in the background - a good thing).
Concert Goers = A
Stuff for kids to do = C
All-in-all, I give Stagecoach 2008 a respectable "B."
There were things to complain about and dwell on, but I focused on the good stuff and we had a great time. We just went with the flow and as a result had a lot of fun.
Would I go again? You bet.