Frequently Asked Questions
...and a few infrequent ones
For three days in August, we are a community; neighbors living respectfully near each other. The Festival rules provide guidelines to make the weekend safe and enjoyable for everyone. Attendees agree to these rules when they buy tickets to the event. We, as organizers of the event, will hold fans responsible for appropriate behavior during the Festival.
Don’t Be a Jerk
Use safe and considerate behavior wherever possible. Everyone is here to have fun! You don’t have to be on your best church behavior, but act like your mom and grandma can see what you’re doing. Fighting, harassment, and drunken rowdy behavior won’t be tolerated.
Tickets & Wristbands
Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged. You will be given a wristband when you enter the venue, leave it on for the duration of the Festival, it is non-transferrable and replacements will not be provided. Your wristband will be mailed to you approximately four weeks prior to the Festival.
Safety & Courtesy
It’s just like you were told in grade school, no running. The only difference is we won’t make you walk to the end of the hall just to walk back. For the same reason, no ATVs, Golf Carts, or OHVs are permitted on Festival grounds.
Vehicles & Parking
VIP and GA Parking is for day use. The only overnight Festival parking is at campsites. Every vehicle entering the Festival property must have a vehicle pass, there are no exceptions to this rule. Two motorcycles may park in one car space. If you did not purchase your parking passes in advance, one can be purchased at the gate for $40 for three days. The attendant and people behind you in line will be most appreciative if you have exact change ready.
Meet ‘n’ Greet Passes
Meet ‘n’ Greet passes are not for sale. Throughout the year we offer opportunities for our fans to win these passes through contests on our Facebook page. Like our Facebook page for your chance to win. You can listen to 99.5 The Wolf for their BWCMF related promotions which sometimes include Meet ‘n’ Greets. Occasionally, artists offer Meet ‘n’ Greet passes through their websites, newsletters and fan clubs. Check out your favorite 2016 BWCMF artists’ pages to see if there’s an opportunity waiting for you!
What can I bring onto Festival grounds?
Chairs are not provided in the Premium General Admission and General Admission seating areas. Fans must bring their own chair; carrying it in and out of the Festival grounds each night. Bring your standard height (no taller than 40 inches) foldable camp chair or small lawn chair. Bring the one you take with you camping! High-back, sand, reclining, double and extra-wide chairs, and blanket seating are not permitted.
Digital and film cameras, disposable cameras. SLR cameras, as well as all other cameras with a removable lens, are not permitted inside the Festival.
Medium size backpacks, fanny packs.
All ages are welcome! Children age six and under are allowed in the general admission seating area for free. Children ages 7-11 must have a ticket. Children under 18 must have an adult or parent with them. All Festival attendees seated in the VIP section must hold their own ticket.
If you are bringing small children, please check in at the Tag-A-Kid table, located outside the KidZone. They will provide a wristband for your child where you can write your contact information. A corresponding identification card will be held at the tent. In the event a child gets lost on the grounds, it is helpful for security to have this description on hand.
Bring your sunglasses and sun block- you’ll be glad you did. You may bring in your own bottled water (limit two 20 ounce bottles per patron) as long as the packaging is still factory sealed. Bottled water is available for purchase at the Festival. Shade tents and misting tents are available for you to relax in at the Festival.
You may bring your cigarettes and lighters with you. There are smoking areas located inside the beer garden, as well as other designated areas on the property. Smoking is permitted in designated areas ONLY. See the brochure when you arrive on Festival grounds for details.
What is prohibited on Festival grounds?
No knives, guns, swords, explosives, or other weapons of any kind. No chains or chain wallets.
Outside Food & Beverages
With the exception of factory sealed water bottles (limit two 20 ounce bottles per patron), no personal food or beverages are permitted inside the Festival. This includes Camelpacks and bota bags.
Coolers are not permitted in the music venue.
Pets are not allowed inside the Festival venue or in any of the parking areas intended for day-use. Animals are absolutely, under no circumstances, to be left inside vehicles; this applies to the camping area as well. It is far too hot. Nothing will corral a posse of angry, animal-loving country music fans faster than a dying dog in a hot car. Plus, we’ll kick you out faster than you can spit.
This should go without saying, it’s August in the middle of a field, after all.
Obnoxious & Illegal Alcohol Consumption
This is a family Festival. For the safety and enjoyment of others, Festival attendees may not over consume alcohol or bring outside alcohol into the music venue, if you do so, your weekend with us is over. You will be ejected from the Festival. You must be of legal drinking age to consume alcohol on the Festival grounds. Please read our complete alcohol policy.
No drugs or drug paraphernalia, if you bring them onto the property, your weekend with us is over. You will be ejected from the Festival.
Audio and video recording are prohibited, this includes your GoPro. SLR cameras, as well as all other cameras with a removable lens, both film and digital are not allowed inside the Festival.
Flags, you wouldn’t want that waving in your field of view while you’re watching a show either. Tents, keep em in your camping area. Umbrellas (parasols if youre feeling extra fancy,) you can shade yourself between acts but you must put it away when the artist or MC takes the stage. We’ve provided shade tents for you to relax in at the Festival. Certain types of seating, sand chairs, reclining chairs, double or extra wide chairs, high back chairs, and blankets may not be used for seating on Festival grounds. Finally, posters, its great that you want to share your love- just dont do it on anything thats larger than an 11 x 17 sheet of paper.