Phew, sorry ya’ll, I’ve been in a daze since returning late Sunday from what will henceforth be known as:

The.Most.Epic.Weekend.In.History.

I mean, let’s just take a look, shall we?

stilightshow

{Brad Kuntz Photography}

STIspiderweb

{Spady Photography}

I have been to shows before. But I have NEVER seen anything like what happened this Halloween at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP). It was a spectacle of music, lights, costumes, art, and people coming together to celebrate it all. I kept thinking to myself, “This is the best moment!” and then another, more insane moment would come along to steal the title. From the second we arrived at our soon-to-be campsite at 2am on Thursday morning, it was non stop fun- complete with a perma-grin from yours truly that actually made my face hurt.

As a first time festival goer, I’m pretty sure “deer in headlights” would be an accurate description for me. Every little detail had me oohing and ahhing with giant saucer eyes like a Loony Toons cartoon. If I had a nickel for every time I looked over at my festie friend and said the words, “Is this happening?”…I could buy a ticket for next year’s Hula.

STIpumpkins

{Spady Photography}

Giant inflatable pumpkins, oh yes that happened. Fire spinning? Cirque du Soleil caliber performances? It happened. And let’s not forget the Ferris Wheel and Gravitron, a la state fair.

STIferriswheel

{Spady Photography}

Before we get to this week’s linky party, I want to share my favorite moment of the weekend. It just so happens Brian Spady of Spady Photography caught it AND me in an amazing shot, which I am totally thrilled about. I apologize for my additions to the photo!

What could have possibly captured the title of “Best Moment?” Streamers. Yup, just like a child at a birthday party-except MORE EPIC.

STIstreamers

mushroom crew

{Spady Photography}

There are no words. I’m aware that I’m failing miserably in my attempt to describe just how mind blowing and memorable Hulaween was for me. I had a lot of anxiety leading up to the festival about being prepared for camping, fitting in (ha ha), getting lost, running out of food (seriously), but all of those fears and insecurities melted away once I got there.  Maybe it sounds cheesy-pun intended- but I immediately felt comfortable in that environment. If you consider yourself to be an avid music fan and have never been to a festival, I cannot recommend it enough! People from all walks of life attend these events, that’s the beauty of it- everyone can be themselves without judgement.

But truly, the only way to understand is to go to this magical place at Suwannee and see for yourself. Seriously. I know Bear Creek Festival is going to be amazing next week. If I wasn’t 7 hours away, I’d be there. There is no doubt that I have been terribly spoiled by attending my first fest in such a great venue, I’m afraid nothing else will compare. I can’t wait to go back. #sosmpforthewin

I’ll be back with more about the art installations (AH-mazing) at the festival next week, but let’s get a party going here now (streamers welcome).

One Response

  1. Julie

    Glad you had such a great time at the music festival! Looking forward to reading more about it, I’m too much of an introvert to enjoy an event like that so hearing about your experience is fun for me. Also, super happy that you’re doing Lovely Crafty Weekends again!

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