By LORRIE WISEMAN
CV&T Guest Columnist
What do you get when you mix 1,000 music loving people, some of the most amazing local musicians around, and acres and acres of pure mountain bliss?? Kickin It On The Creek 2016! Wow…..what an amazing adventure! From the time you left the main highway following the guidance signs that were dotted along the road and found your way along a winding, gorgeous drive to get to Ross’s creek, something just clicked and you could pretty much feel the excitement the closer you got to the place where it would all become a reality. Crossing that creek and popping around the first curve when all the vehicles and people started to come into sight was just somewhat magical. For as far as the eye could see, tents and campers and virtual homesteads were speckled across the vast farm. Lining the creekside were vendors selling everything from Kickin It memorabilia to homemade food from Irvine’s own Eaton Station! So may crafts and original goodies that would make even the most amateur of festival-goers drool! It was amazing to see how the fields were converted into one of the coolest festivals that could be imagined. From the time the music tipped off on Friday, there was almost non-stop melodies and sometimes down-home pickin on an eclectic group of instruments. You didn’t have to be a fan of a certain music genre, you just needed to be in the atmosphere to feel like you were right at home.
Walking through the crowds, it was evident that there were people from near and far. The groups of tents gathered around campfires with each respective site full of friends and family just enjoying each other’s company was a refreshing view. There was a lot of hugs and reminiscing with old friends who hadn’t seen each other in years. What a perfect setting to bring people together! In front of the massive stage that was hand-built by Byron and Kenton and lots of friends, rows of people and lawn chairs lined the field while music played from an awesome sound system that blasted the tunes through trees! Despite the fact that the tents and people were somewhat scattered about, the intimacy was quite amazing and calming. I can’t recall seeing one person who had a frown on their face or seemed to not be having an awesome time, even when the rain came…..and yes it did come! By the time Sunday morning rolled around, it was obvious that Mother Nature decided to put an early and rude end to the festivities. One by one, the tents and trucks loaded up and headed out of Ross’s Creek before the water overtook the fields. Even with the rain falling as hard as it could and the creek rising fast, people were still hesitant to leave. That in itself should say a lot about the good time had by all.
This festival brought people to our little town from as far away as Canada. It brought laughter, good music, friendship, kinship, compassion, love, and excitement for all those who had the opportunity to be there. It brought a sense of togetherness that was totally apparent everywhere you turned during the whole weekend. I am sure there are nay-sayers who have their own opinions and that is okay. I am just here to tell you that without a doubt, I can honestly say I am so proud to have been able to be among the huge crowds that gathered on that beautiful creekside to enjoy music, life, and PEACE! It was a showcase of our local talent and you better believe that our little town has plenty of it!! So for everyone who says that Irvine is boring and there is nothing to do, just think of how a small family from a little peace of Heaven in our town, came together and pulled off one of the most anticipated and planned events in recent years! They pulled it off beautifully because it was for one purpose and that was to bring as many people together and maybe just for a weekend forget all about the negativity, the differences, the stress of hectic life and just enjoy being alive…Well done, Byron, Kelli, LeeAmber, and Kenton.
Until next year!