I went to the Cowboy Festival Saturday. Got parked and walked up to the ticket booth around 11:30. After getting tickets, stood in line for at least 45 minutes before getting on the bus to the event. There were people standing in lines to get to the lines to get to the lines. There was some guy collecting email addresses which seemed to hold up the line. First impression when we got to the "movie studio main street" was it was very hot. I finally bought a hat for about $60 and that helped a bit. There were some kind folks that also gave me a free bottle of water. Just about all the buildings had things for sale except the undertaker. There were various acts going on from rope and gun handling tricks to musicians and that part was very good although most were very crowded. Then there were lines to get food and drink. I just had to get some of that Cowboy Cobbler everyone had old me about. It was good, particularly after seeing how it was prepared over hot coals on a hot day by really dedicated staff. The most common question we heard was "are we in the right line?" All the folks at the booths seemed very nice and willing to help as best they could. When we left, there was another line to get on the bus to leave. Then when we finally got back to our car in the parking lot(it was about half full around 3 PM), there was only one way out and it took us over an hour to finally get out of the parking loot and back on Railroad street. It seemed like traffic moved better from the left side than the center where most of the cars were stuck in line. Some had clever tricks to "break in" and get out earlier than the rest. I saw one Sheriff car parked at the entrance to the parking lot on the way out. It was still hot (about 82 degrees) and the A/C in our car was really tested. I guess the lesson here is get there early and leave early? Would really help, I think if there was more than one exit point from the parking lot and maybe a few more folks directing traffic?
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