ROMP music festival kicking off Wednesday

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 8:10 AM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - The ROMP music festival kicks off Wednesday.

RVs will soon be rolling into town. They’ll be staging them at Reid Orchard starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The gates to find a spot at Yellow Creek Park will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning and music starts at 7 p.m.

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Camilla Martin and her husband already started camping out for the festival on Tuesday morning. They came in from Boonville.

“We’ve been coming for 10 years,” said Martin. “Our first year, we tent camped and Steve Martin was the headliner. We had a blast and have been coming back ever since.”

The Martins say they’re happy to be back after last year’s hiatus, even with the new protocols.

Organizers are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result from the last 72 hours.

“It is the right thing to do, there will be a lot of people here, it’s a very large event,” said Martin. “I had my vaccine months ago, so I had no problems showing my ID.”

ROMP Executive Director, Chris Joslin says the goal is to get people in smoothly even with the extra requirements.

“We’ve just expanded our ticketing area with more staff, more lanes and more space,” said Joslin. “So hopefully it’ll just be integrated into the ticketing process, you have your ticket, you have proof of vaccination or a negative test and you go right through.”

Joslin says it’s been no small feat bringing the event back this year.

“We feel like it’s worth it, I mean it’s a ton of work but it’s very satisfying because it’s an opportunity for the hall of fame and for Owensboro to host people from around the country,” said Joslin. “We have ticket buyers from 30 different states this year, and I met two guys that came here all the way from New Jersey.”

“We camp, we eat and we park so close that we can hear the music without leaving our campground,” Martin said.

Organizers say the ROMP staff is almost entirely made up of volunteers.

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