Post by HeavierThings on Oct 29, 2012 16:16:09 GMT -5
The environment is basically the nicest, friendliest, smelliest people you can find. Everyone gets along on the Farm. And yeah, they give you a map on your way in. Plus, there are plenty of easily identifiable landmarks in Centeroon to tell you where you are, plus the numbered Pods out in the camping area.
Post by bonnaroodavid on Oct 31, 2012 7:00:13 GMT -5
Spend Thursday night just exploring unless there is something you are dying to see. By the time Friday rolls around, you'll be ready to go. Some of the best times are found looking for the place you think you ought to be.
Post by Display Name on Nov 5, 2012 15:19:17 GMT -5
you'll probably get lost and that will end up being the best part. Just wait you'll have a thousand worries then the moment you get there set up and have a beer you'll be like what the quack was i ever worried about and you will know you are right where your suppose to be doing exactly what your suppose to do. Roo is the greatest place in the world last year was my first time and i read probably every post on the board and was ready but be warned if you follow everyones suggestions you will spend about twice as much money as you should and you will be so over stocked you'll be like what the hell am i meant to do with all of this. My lessons: only bring food for breakfast and a snack you won't need to eat dinner at camp you can get an awesome meal for 10 bucks and its amazing better than anything your going to make at camp bring more beer than you need bring a beer pong table bring a flag bring a good cooler you will save money sunscreen water and alot of extra money for beer inside
also try to not get to caught up in alll the drinking and no no words and be there for the music and the fun me and my friend got caught up in no no words on saturday last year and i barely remmeber it and thats kind of a bummer when you have pictures of events you don't even remmeber
and remmeber if you ever face an awkward situation it can most easily be diffused by shouting BONNNAROOOOO
also talk to everyone they wanna talk to you i was more social at roo than i was my entire life preceding roo
also friday around 3 there was no line what so ever to get in
ps beer pong table best way to drink and make friends
Post by konstantine on Dec 4, 2012 10:01:23 GMT -5
this will be my third roo and i'm happy to say i'm bringing another first timer (brought one in 2012 and she's returning too!!). i really don't want to be anywhere else. it's a crazy, sleep deprived, but magical experience!
your neighbors quickly become your friends (crazy how much we all actually have in common) so you never really have to worry about being lost. ps, instead of running the app on my phone i took pictures of the maps inside centeroo. the app would kill my battery so fast and i always didn't carry a purse to keep the booklet.
The only thing that comes close to experiencing your own first Roo, is watching someone else experience theirs. I've had the pleasure of going with a first timer each year I've gone.
Same, I keep recruiting new people every year and it's really awesome to see how excited the first timers are. It's like watching a kid experience Christmas the first time, if Christmas was hot, dirty, and sweaty, and full of great bands.
Take care of your neighbors and they will take care of you. If you get lost walking around, you'll find that you're not really lost at all. ;). I would be more than happy to share what I know and my experiences so feel free to PM me or hit me up on here. Most importantly, have a great time!
Post by cursedlono on Jan 16, 2013 14:29:29 GMT -5
Getting lost is the best part oh if only I could get lost again well sometimes I do just about every year I randomly wander off somewhere to the casternation of my friends I see something shiny ya dig?
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Post by pondo ROCKS on Jan 16, 2013 15:47:02 GMT -5
Just go and be yourself. The Number one piece of advice I give to newbies is this: Don't try to see everything, you will never make it. Familarize yourself with the map they give you and pace yourself.
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Pack a really good backpack (or camelback) so you can stay in center all day and night. So much time and energy is wasted taking extra and unnecessary trips back to camp. Find shade and drink water and have a snack when there's a break in the schedule rather than hiking 2 miles back and forth for a sandwich.
Post by kicaboojooce on Jan 17, 2013 17:30:36 GMT -5
Approach it like any other festival, just bigger. Lots of people, lots of stuff going on, constantly. Last year was my first year, I went with others and volunteered food, and have been to a slew of fests, so the learning curve wasn't as steep. I would suggest getting there when the gates open, a lot of people have put a lot of time into timing perfect camping spots. A quick search will provide with with more than a couple evenings worth of reading.
BFE is well... out of the way. But it's a little bit slower than the rest of the campgrounds, which I find kind of nice. You are confined to that campground for all of wednesday, there are vendors ready for your road weary caboose, and don't fear, there are bathrooms and showers. I can't remember the band, but one was trying to jam on their rv last year, there are people roaming and starting the weekend. It also made resting up for the weekend easy.
It is insanely quiet for a festival of that size at night, i fell asleep to crickets and bug noises. Less people, and being on the end of the grounds = less traffic, well no traffic.
Make sure every night you are back in centeroo by the encore of the headliner at least. They close the back entrance to the stage. We got extremely lucky and got sucked into a group for the walk back, made it much more memorable.