Andrew and I experienced Detroit’s Downtown Hoedown for the first time yesterday! It is pegged as the largest free country music festival in the world and I believe it! We were crammed into Hart Plaza shoulder to shoulder amongst the largest crowd I have ever been a part of. If you could get over the size of the crowd and the inability to move, it was a great time and a mecca for people watching.
By the end of the night, Andrew & I determined that a majority of the people who were in attendance fit into 1 of the following 3 categories.
1. Country Folk – These are people who truly love country music. They probably arrived at the Hoedown hours before the event actually began in order to secure a spot near the stage to see their favorite acts up close. Their cowboy attire was not just for the event, but also worn in their everyday lives. We saw a few of these people anxiously glancing around towards the end of the night – I mean it was in Detroit after all.
2. Pseudo-Country Peeps – These are people who like some country music but probably didn’t know who all of the performers were. They came to the event trying to look the part but ended up looking like they tried to hard. Ex. – Young women wearing flannel shirts tied just below their bust, with daisy dukes or jundies (jean undies, as I like to call them), cowgirl hat and boots were a dime a dozen. Which by the way, is just one more reason I am thankful I have a son!
3. The Questionables – These are people who have never listened to country music and probably don’t like country music. Some of them may have come just to be seen (we had a Snooki wannabe on the People Mover with us) and some of them didn’t know how they got there (as we were walking to Hart Plaza a guy said to me “Hey, what’s up white girl?” To which I looked around and thought, am I the only one? Turns out I wasn’t)
The only thing more surprising than the diverse crowd was the $17 we spent to use the bathroom. Either the event didn’t have any port-a-pottys or we just couldn’t find them. We ended up going to a restaurant and ordered nachos and drinks just so I could use their bathroom. (They had a no public restroom sign.)
So if you are headed to the Hoedown this weekend, my advice to you is to pre-plan your bathroom needs and partake in the people watching. But most importantly enjoy the Country Music!