Do You Remember The Kicks 99 Guitar Pull Camp Out?
As we get closer and closer to the 2023 Kicks 99 Guitar Pull, we are having some fun looking back on our favorite memories. Do you remember the Guitar Pull Camp Out? We sure do.
Back in the day, people would camp out in front of the venue where Guitar Pull was being held. This tradition started the first year we moved to The Convocation Center at The University Of South Carolina Aiken.
This tradition started small in the first few years in Aiken. People would show up on Friday and some early Saturday morning. It wasn’t until Guitar Pull was moved to the James Brown Arena that camping out really became big. We would even take dinner down to the campers at night. There were years when the camping out would last a week or more.
Do you remember the free concert the night before Guitar Pull Tickets went on sale? It was called the “Parking Lot Party.” Over the few years of that show, we had Runaway June, Rodney Atkins, Craig Campbell, and others.
When Did It Really Blow Up?
Then there was the year where “Glamping” became a thing. Joe and Cindy Papalski and Richard and Donna Beam and their crew became “Glampers.” What is Glamping you ask? It’s just upscale camping. These guys took it to a whole new level. A big tent with lots of tents inside to make bedrooms.
Now, this is the outside view on the plaza at The James Brown Arena. As you will see in the photos to come, the inside of this was a home away from home. They brought a grill, food for the week, TV and a satellite, a full bar, and even a restroom. Yes, a restroom. The local TV stations would come down and do stories on “The Glampers.” There we many nights of the camp out where we would go down and visit and hang out for dinner or breakfast.
These folks did some serious prep work for this party. The first year they camped out was around 2005 with just a 10×10 tent, a blow up mattress and woke up to a flat mattress. And then “Glamping” at The James Brown Arena became a thing.
Cindy told us, “My fondest memories are the people we friended and are still friends, the food we cooked and shared (steak, lobster, shrimp, pulled pork, and everything Rick cooked for breakfast.) Shot time was a popular afternoon and night tradition along with karaoke at her tent.”
So from the great food, the live music, the friendships made, the Kicks 99 Guitar Pull Camp Out was a big time.
Photos From Guitar Pull Camp Outs
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