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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Country In The Park 2 Experience

Hint: It starts with parking

Country in the Park 2 at Fair Oaks Regional Park is coming up fast! Saturday is gonna be here before you know it. So, it’ll help to know a few things ahead of time. I’m gonna try to do that for you right now. Starting most importantly with…..

1) Parking at the Park is extremely limited. While there are premium parking passes available for $20, they are in short supply and may be sold out by the time you read this. So, we’ve partnered up with nearby Sunrise Mall and will be providing bus shuttle service to and from the concert site starting at 1pm (gates to the park won’t open til 2:30 though). Every shuttle passenger over the age of 2 needs a ticket, which are $5. You are strongly encouraged–we cannot italicize this enough–you are strongly encouraged to buy your shuttle ticket in advance via our website (click here).  Why? The more we know about who’s planning to park and ride from Sunrise Mall, the more we’ll be able to dial in how many buses we’ll need, which will make everything so much more efficient!! So, help us help you: get those shuttle passes. In fact, do it now. I’ll wait.

Ok, done? Good. Let’s move on. A couple other things about the shuttle service: Yes, there will be handicap accessibility on the buses. And, this is important: be mindful that you may have to wait a bit for a ride over to the park and, after the concert, a ride back. If you want or need to ditch the show early, shuttle buses will be running back and forth during the show as well as before and after. But chances are pretty good you may have to wait a little at some point, so keep that in mind. 

2) Lyft is offering 10% off for new users if you’re going to CITP2. Ride sharing might just be the smartest way to get to and from the venue, especially as more and more people get comfortable using it. If you’ve never tried it before, you simply download the Lyft app onto your mobile device, follow the set-up instructions and your good to go. The promo code is: CITP2019. There will be a ride sharing drop-off/Pick-up site at Fair Oaks Park, and yes, you can park at Sunrise Mall and catch a ride-share over, if you like. 

3) Please be a courteous parker. We know some people will find places to park on nearby surface streets, private business parking lots and even in some of the neighborhoods. If you do please keep a couple things in mind: a) Be mindful of towing policies. Some of those businesses don’t want non-customers parking in their lots, even after hours. You might be taking a risk. b) We discourage anyone from parking in nearby neighborhoods but, again, we know some will. If that’s you, please for God’s sake represent the KNCI family and country audience well and don’t litter, get loud, get busy, block anyone’s driveway, or pee or barf or do anything else gross on anyone’s property. Please. Really, for the love of God don’t do any of that. And don’t let your friends do it either.

3) It’s not that far of a walk. If you’re in decent shape and prefer a little before-and-after-show exercise, Sunrise Mall is 1.5 miles from Fair Oaks Park. According to Google Maps, that’s about a 29 minute walk. 

4) You want shade? You got it. The stage will be set up on the back far right of the soccer pitch, as you’re entering the park. There is plenty of open seating on the field itself, which will be in direct sunlight til at least the late/afternoon early evening, so plan on that. But, because this country in the park is in a park–there are also quite a few trees that border the field. Keep in mind though, just like at Gibson Ranch in the old days, if you want to sit under the shade of trees, you will be further away from the stage. Not terribly far, but you probably won’t be catching any guitar picks.

5) Our vendors will love to see you. Just like at all events, our vendors are there to serve you and to make a living. Which is why no outside food or beverages are allowed, with the exception of medical reasons.  You can bring in as many as two 16.9 ounce sealed water bottles per person as well. 

6) Yada Yada Yada. A few other things to keep in mind: just like at any of our outdoor events, no umbrellas or canopies will be allowed. You can bring chairs, towels and blankets but they are not allowed in the pit area. Please be courteous when setting up your space. Also, if you’re shuttling, keep that in mind as you pack that morning–at times, space on buses could be limited so travel as lightly if you can. Gates open at 2:30, Nate Smith (from Paradise!) takes the stage at 5, Michael Ray is on from 6-7 and Mr. Brett Eldredge kicks it into high gear from 7:30-9. If you have any issues or concerns before, during or after the show, station personnel will be there to help. Security as well. Don’t hesitate to approach either. Our main goal is for you to have a great experience.

That’s about it. Any questions ahead of time, please don’t hesitate to reach out via our website or social media pages.  Now, did you buy your shuttle tickets yet? Go! Do it!

 

 

 

 

 

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