There is amazing music festival held on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon called Pickathon. It has been called the “summer camp for music fans” by the Portland Mercury, the local indie paper. Before I went, I wasn’t quite sure what that meant but after attending I have a much better idea. I also now know why people go back year after year.
So, why is it so amazing?
1) Portland food carts come and sell food. There are even biscuits for breakfast.
2) You camp in the woods.
3) It is super environmentally friendly complete with no paper waste, reusable Klean Kanteen pint glasses in the beer garden, and everyone can fill up there water bottle at the drinking water stations.
4) Amazing stages including a stage in the woods with hay bales to sit on.
5) Awesome music such as Neko Case, Thee Oh Sees, Phosphorescent, and the Bowerbirds.
Each day we awoke in our tent, ambled down the mountain, and ate breakfast while talking with other ‘campers’ many of whom had been to the festival for numerous years. Around mid-day the music would start and we would wander from stage to stage stopping periodically at 1 of the 4 beer gardens with lots of local beers on tap including many ciders! The weather was blazing hot, getting up to 100 on Saturday, but most people didn’t complain. We all just drank more water and applied more sunscreen. At the end of the weekend I felt like I was leaving summer camp or a utopia and when I returned to my real life I had a hard time re-adjusting. I missed the lazy mornings drinking Spunky Monkey coffee chatting with fellow music lovers. I missed spending my afternoons drinking Anthem cider in the beer garden and listening to great music. Ultimately, I missed Pickathon and the amazing time that I had.