Thanks to everyone who entered our #SolidSoundReady contests. Hundreds of you took the time to share personal stories that were entertaining, inspiring and heartfelt. We thank you for that, and we can’t wait to see you out there.
Camping Grand Prize winner:
It was summer of 2015 and my husband Jim and I were enjoying our most recent Solid Sound trip. We had a great campsite at Solid Ground. The evening before we left, I purchased a metal-framed canopy and proclaimed to Jim that it was going to change our lives. I told him he would love the shade, and if it rained a little, it was no problem, we would be covered. True to Solid Sound tradition, the rain came! Saturday night, after many hours celebrating at MOCA, we retired to our lovely campsite. We awoke to crazy wind and rain and our tent partially collapsed, thanks to my fantastic canopy that crashed into it with the high winds. I knew it was bad when everything we brought was floating in 3 inches of water all around us. At least the air mattress kept us partially dry on one side. Still water was dripping all over us. In the middle of the night, we ventured out to see what was going on. All was quiet as we tried to figure out how to deal with the stupid canopy frame. We managed to pull it away from the tent and get it partially collapsed all the while bitching at each other like a coupe of teenage girls. Morning came and the skies brightened. A quick scan around Solid Ground confirmed that most fared about as well as we did. Lots of people were packing up and heading home, but not us. After wrestling with the stupid canopy frame (yes, it changed our lives when it crashed into our tent!), we took a ride to Walmart to regroup and get a few dry supplies. As we dried our clothes with the heat blasting in the parking lot, we were excited for another fabulous Wilcocentric day. Then we were off to MOCA in our damp clothes, however our spirits weren’t dampened. We made a game time decision about 4 hours later to stay another night, but since our tent was destroyed and sitting in the dumpster, we new shelter was a top priority. Good sense prevailed and we took a ride to Ocean State Job Lot, where we purchased a new tent and bedding. At this point, it started raining again and all we were hoping for was a somewhat dry shelter. We set up the new tent next to a tiny tree and a large pile of dog shit (discovered much later) in the rain and only broke 1 pole. We headed back to the festival and had another great day. Later that night when we returned, the field of over 100 campsites was down to a handful , and chuckled at the giant pile of twisted metal canopy frames that sat next to the dumpster just looking so sad. We were happy to be there with die hards, rain , dog shit and all. We’ve had a great time at every Solid Sound and will be back to every Solid Sound, as long as it goes on. Thanks for the memories!!
Essentials Grand Prize Winners:
This girl has never missed a Solid Sound (in mama’s belly for the first one) and she won’t go without a hat, earphones, and a great sundress! #SolidSoundReady
Kids Contest Winners:
While they may be more common and not as inspiring as some of the more modern creations found at local and state fairs, cream puffs will always hold a special place in my heart. Growing up in the suburbs of Milwaukee, eating a cream puff was an annual rite of passage and the quintessential experience of the Wisconsin State Fair. As a child, I remember the cream puff being nearly as large as my head and cream squirting out onto my hands and face as I tried to shove the deliciousness into my mouth. Don’t worry, none of the cream was wasted.
A special thanks to Huckberry, Best Made, Osprey Packs, Madewell, Six Depot, Small Batch America,Fire Cider, Empire Cafe, The Hub, Freight Yard Pub, Gramercy Bistro, and Tunnel City Coffee for their generous involvement.