Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 2010 Thursday Tarp Run

Some traditions take on a life of their own: the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s run for position on the festival grounds known as the Tarp Run, is one of these. Daily, people line up hours ahead of time to get an early position in the line. For the Thursday run (first day of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival) many Festivarians are lined up along the San Miguel River the evening before to have a good starting point for the 10:30 AM gate opening. The goal for this extraordinary effort is to have a choice position near the front of the festival grounds, close to the stage.

Telluride Inside … Out was there when the gates opened on Thursday, June 17, 2010, to watch the choreographed chaos as the stalwarts ran to claim their favorite spots on the grass. We watched the peaceful Telluride town park transition from a quiet green field into a race course. At the end of the race there was a blue and green carpet of plastic from one edge of the park to the other. Another Telluride Bluegrass Festival was underway.

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Clint Viebrock

Clint Viebrock

Clint is TIO’s Publisher and a staff writer. Clint first arrived in town in 1985 just to check out the views, spent most of his life as “CEO” of a giant business, a 747-400 airplane in the Northwest fleet. Since his retirement in 1998, Clint has taught for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.

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