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Country USA or bust

June 27, 2013 - Marguerite Lanthier
My first trip to Country USA in Oshkosh got off to a rough start Tuesday. After enduring a two-hour wait to travel the final few miles to the site, we (Jenni and I) were directed to an off-site parking lot and bussed in, which turned out to be a good thing. Because we had to travel back that same night and the on-site parking lot was a mess — full of mud and muddy attendees — getting on the bus back to the parking lot was much quicker. Once we got onto the highway, we made it back home in great time, but still didn’t arrive until 4:30 a.m. On the way to the parking lot, we saw dozens of people walking the last few miles. We were not looking forward to the walk. Suddenly, unexpectedly a bus arrived just as we were exiting the car, so we were able to watch others making the trek, from the hard plastic seats inside. They’ve never felt so comfortable. I had no idea where we were going once we got to the concert site. We followed the crowd like a couple of lemmings, hoping they weren’t leading us off a cliff. The headliner, Eric Church, was gracious enough to delay the start of his show an hour until 11:30 p.m. Good thing or that five-hour drive and $40 in gas would have been for nothing. I guess it was good we didn’t care if we saw the opening act. The show was great but, as always, I wished it were longer — even if it meant less sleep. The mud was plentiful, but for me the beer was not. I didn’t have time to eat or drink, barely had time to go to the port-a-potty. Hopefully that won’t be the case when we return on Friday for the weekend headliners, Toby Keith and Dierks Bentley.



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