fall fest 9/2 – 9/5 2016

Labor Day weekend brings one thing around that we have done the last few years, Fall Festival at Schweitzer Mountain. We have had a great time every year and looked forward to another outing. Cody, the dogs and I drove up to the gravel parking lot where the RV’s camp at Friday morning. Joanne had to work and would get up there in the evening. Waiting until the evening to arrive would make it hard to get a spot since it is all first come first served. This year the resort also was charging to stay, unlike all the years before. While we thought $20.00 per night is steep for a simple unleveled gravel lot, it is cheaper than a hotel up there. When you consider that all the bands to play the next three days was free too, I guess it is still cheap in comparison. I got parked and got a few things set up.

our spot for the weekend.

our spot for the weekend.

The weather was chilly and cloudy but hey, no rain. The last couple years it rained, especially last year.

friday view up the mountain

friday view up the mountain

Joanne would arrive up at the resort and all three of us walked up to one of the little restaurants to get something to eat.  Afterwards we returned to the camper to end our day. Tomorrow was the start of the festival.

dinner on friday

dinner on Friday

The next day the sunrise showed promise of a bit better weather. It was a pretty good day weather wise, just one of those…put a sweatshirt on and off kind of days.

saturdays sunrise

saturdays sunrise

Joanne making us breakfast

Joanne making us breakfast

After breakfast we took our chairs up to the lawn where the festivities are held. Getting a spot early is a good thing to do. We preordered our glassware and I am proud to say that I was first in line to get them once again this year. Sadly I was second or third to get the beer for the start of the festival. This year there was near 90 taps on standby to fill your cup. After we got our beverage choice we decided to ride the chairlift up to the top of the mountain. I also wanted to see the progress of the new mountain top lodge. It is suppose to be open by December.

our spot for the day

our spot for the day

just a few choice under the beer tent

just a few choice under the beer tent

riding the chairlift up

riding the chairlift up

progress on the new lodge up top

progress on the new lodge up top

playing games on top of the mountain

playing games on top of the mountain

enjoying the view

enjoying the view

After spending some time up top it was time to go back down to the festival area. The second band to play we really liked and were anxious to watch and listen to them. The band is called Rust On The Rails. They are amazing and very talented. They played last year at this festival and we were very pleased they returned.

the view riding back down the chairlift

the view riding back down the chairlift

rust on the rails playing

rust on the rails playing

We had a great day one of the festival. The festival is more than music and beer though. There are so many other things to do there. There is a kid zone that has all kinds of things for them to do. Cody did zip lining, rock climbing, sluice boxing for gems and much more. There was also a vendor section selling whatever treasures they brought.

Cody using the sluice box

Cody using the sluice box

Cody having fun

Cody having fun

Cody making the climb to the top attempt

Cody making the climb to the top attempt

kid and vendor area

kid and vendor area

Saturday would end back at the camper with dinner and a good nights sleep. Sunday was day two of the festival and we had a great time. Lots of great music to listen to and good beer. There are other choices for beverages as well for the non beer drinkers. I don’t know what is wrong with those people but at least there were choices for them. Cody once again did all the activities that he had fun on the day before. Today however he made it to the top of the rock wall, a couple times. he was pretty proud as well as we were.

Joanne and I having fun

Joanne and I having fun

Cody making it to the top

Cody making it to the top

A full day two came to a close and once again we returned to our camper just a couple hundred yards below the festival area.

Monday, day three and the final day of the festival. The weather held out for us once again during the festival. Over the weekend it rained in the evening but we were asleep in the camper. So all in all, pretty great weather this year. We would go back up to the festival area and place our chairs in a spot to spend the day. Today would be a shorter day with the Fall Festival ending at 4 p.m. The final band was Stone in Love, a Journey tribute band. They were pretty good and we did enjoy listening to them.

the mountain view on the final day

the mountain view on the final day

our spot for the final day

our spot for the final day

Stone in Love band

Stone in Love band

It was another good time at the Fall Festival at Schweitzer Mountain Resort near Sandpoint Idaho. We retuned to the camper and packed things up to return home. We talked about returning to the festival next year once again. Next year would be the 25th year for the festival. At this time we may indeed return, it really is a great time.

 

fall festival 9/2 – 9/5 2016

 

 

3 thoughts on “fall fest 9/2 – 9/5 2016

  1. Wish we had paid more attention. We went through Sandpoint the Thursday before Labor Day. One of these days we are going to make it to one of your rallies. We just got back from Maine in our truck camper.

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