We had a great time at Folks Fest this year! In addition to hearing some great music, we were also able to host the Campsite Challenge. We would like to thank Planet Bluegrass for making this such a great event and donating tickets and camping to the winning campers. We would also like to thank our friends at Keen, Clif Bar, and New Belgium for donating great prizes for all the finalists!
Congratulations to the 2009 Campsite Challenge winners: The Bloss Campsite. The Bloss Family was one mean, green, and clean group of Festivarians (just kidding about the mean part).
They kept an exceptionally tidy camp. Anything that was susceptible to wind gusts was securely stored or anchored down. Additionally there was no food left out that might be appetizing to wildlife in the area. We were also impressed with their efforts to be sustainable. They were drinking from last year’s festival cups, had reusable containers for water and brought their food in reusable grocery bags. What waste was created at their campsite was separated into recyclables and compostables and taken to the waste station. While walking to the waste stations, they made a habit of picking up litter along their way. They minimized their water consumption by showering every other day and re-wearing clothes. Their small tent was a good fit for their group’s size and left a very small footprint. At camp they used the moonlight and flashlights that required no batteries (just shaking) to recharge. Finally, their creative use of fung shui put their camping environment in harmony with nature and the flow of energy.