Ever wonder what the grounds at the Farm Progress Show look like after the show is over and everyone has gone home? Usually it takes a few weeks for the few remaining pieces to be removed off the property, but after that, the show site is a ghost town. That is, except for this past Friday night.
I was on my way up to Boone, Iowa on Friday afternoon when I got a text from my boyfriend reminding me that Lazerfest (a hard-rock and heavy-metal concert) was going on. He kindly reminded me of this as he was stuck in traffic on Highway 17 and 30 – waiting for some 15,000 fans to park. Luckily, my destination was about 5 miles south of this chaotic scene; however, that did not stop my curiosity.
This was the 2nd year that the Central Iowa Expo hosted the music festival. I know what the site looks like in the middle of the Farm Progress Show, so I was expecting a lot of movement. I waited for the traffic to slow down as the concert started around 1 p.m. ending 14 bands later.
It was about 6:30 when we drove around the grounds. I was amazed to see that the crowd took up just shy of the northwest quarter of the grounds – if that. It wasn't until then did it really sink how just how BIG the Farm Progress Show is. But still, 15,000 people, 2 stages, 14 rock and heavy-metal band and about 300 porta-potties later- it was still an impressive site.
Driving back around the site on my way into town Saturday morning the place was back to a ghost town. You wouldn't even have known a huge concert took place there if it wasn't for the mass row after row of porta-potties, a few straggler cars and one guy stuck in the ditch. Apparently he didn't want to wait for traffic either and decided to take the ditch. Not thinking that the 4 inches of snow and water standing would keep him from getting far. He finally gave up and climbed out of his window to escape.