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9 Things Everyone Should Bring to the Beartrap Summer Festival


One of the coolest events to come out of a hot Casper summer–Beartrap Summer Festival™  2011.  It’s going to be our 18th year of traveling up beautiful Casper Mountain (and hopefully yours too) for an entire weekend full of great music, food, friends, and fun.  Now wouldn’t it just suck if you got up there, staked out your campsite, hit the meadow ready to go…and forgot something?  Oops!  No easy decisions at this point.

Fortunately, we’re here to help with the Beartrap check list.  This should provide everything you need to remember and include to have a very memorable weekend with us come August 6th and 7th.Mady in the meadow

First up…what to bring.

Beartrap good time
Cowboy, Madysen, and Bambi

Remember that this memorable, fun and engaging two-day festival takes place on a mountain. And as any experienced “Beartrapper” would tell you, you should be prepared for any one of a number of variables.  From town, it’s at least a 15 minute drive, so it’s better to pack well and be safe rather than sorry.  If I were you, I’d include:

  • At least one comfortable blanket, quilt, bedspread, etc.–provides extra warmth, and a nice staging area for your toddler, picnic, and bare feet.  Nice way to separate yourself from the longer grass and dirt.

    Beartrap leash
    come here, you little...
  • Lawn chair(s).  The ground can be a little uneven in Beartrap Meadow, so think ‘comfy.’  No, don’t try to pack in the prized recliner, but a fold out camping chair of some sort might just make all the difference and have your bottom half singing your praises.
  • Bug spray–preferably with DEET.  That’s because the ‘skeeters’ love the atmosphere at Beartrap just as much as you will.  Not to mention that they were there first.  (Did we mention that this was a mountain?)  Pack a little can along and make sure the family gets a nice spritz all over.  You’ll thank us.
  • Umbrella, cover, or a huge hat.  The last couple of years, we’ve actually had pretty decent weather.  That said, a shower or two, complete with some decent wind gusts is not uncommon.  We do have some big tents set up to keep you protected but space is somewhat limited, and the band usually plays on–so be aware.
  • Sunscreen.  More often than not, we are blessed at Beartrap with beautiful days and lots of sunshine.  Nothing spoils a good time like when a young one is crying because their skin feels like sizzlin’ bacon.  Pack the skin protection.  Overexposure at this altitude can happen fast.

    Beartrap sunburn
    well done Cowboy
  • Leashes.  A few people like to bring their dogs with them.  We have no problems with that at Beartrap.  We just ask that you keep them tethered to you so that everyone can enjoy the atmosphere, and to prevent a dog fight, should one occur.  Oh…Fido will need your assistance in keeping the meadow clean if you know what we mean.  Doody bags should be available and utilized. :)
  • Cash.  In addition to the music, we have vendors selling everything from food to services, hobbies, and artwork.  Be prepared and take home something cool and unique that you might only be able to find in this friendly mountain setting.
  • Your admittance wrist band-obtained either in advance or at the ticket booth.  Please wear these, and be ready to flash them at a moment’s notice to any one of our handy bands of roving patrollers.  They will be looking for them, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

    Beartrap bug swat
  • An awesome attitude.  The Beartrap Summer Festival™ is a reason for smiles, celebration, and giving you something outside of the norm.  We want you to have a great time and will be going out of our way to make sure that happens.  Please help us out by enjoying yourself and being patient when the need arises.  It will all translate into a beautiful and one-of-a-kind experience.


Second…what not to bring.  This is a little easier.

*  illegal contraband

*  glass bottles

*  Charlie Sheen

*  polygamists

*  a bad attitude

*  unicycles

*  bull horns

*  ironing boards

*  grizzly or black bears

*  whoopie cushions

*  mountain lions

*  lame excuses

*  exercise videos

Beartrap passed out
America's next top role model

Alrighty then!  I think that should just about get us through two incredible days on Casper Mountain.  We are so looking forwarding to seeing you all for this amazing festival.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our offices at 307-266-5252 or visit our Beartrap Summer Festival™ Facebook page, or

See ya then!

P.S.  Jalan Crossland is one of our favorites and is returning this year, so I thought I’d tease you a little bit.

Beartrap Troy
Cowboy up!

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