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Waco Weekend Getaway

Camp Fimfo Hosts Campout Concert Series

4 months ago

Pictured: Photos provided by Camp Fimfo Waco

By Avery Ballmann

As the sun sets on the bluish green waters of the fishing pond, it catches the magic that is Texas sunsets. Streaks of pink and orange clouds create the stages’ backdrop, and the music from the stage reverberates off the water and meanders throughout the park. Over on 1000 Chickadee Lane is Camp Fimfo, where they are hosting their second annual Campout Concert Series on April 26–27.

Over the course of two nights, Wacoans and visitors can hear from Roger Creager, Casey Donahew, Randy Rogers Band, Little Texas, David Lee Murphy and Joe Nichols. Not only does the concert series have music, but Assistant General Manager of Camp Fimfo, Brian Crownover, and his staff have a myriad of activities throughout the day planned. On Thursday night, April 25, Camp Fimfo is hosting a vendor market and local live music.

“It’s crazy to think that it’s possible to do what we’re doing, but Waco has come a long way since I was at Baylor 20 years ago,” Crownover said. “So, it’s just such a neat, different experience.”

What other concert series do not offer is the campout aspect. Campers can hook up their RVs, pitch a tent or rent a cabin and create a weekend getaway without the strenuous travel. Guests who purchase the campout package have several cabins to choose from with concert tickets included in their reservation. The campout concert series hosted last September was such a success, Camp Fimfo decided to host again.

“We were very pleased with how the event went, being our first time here at the park,” Crownover said. “There’s not a lot of festivals in Waco, so you go into that with a little bit of an unknown sense of how it’s gonna go.”

A lot of preparation goes into making a festival. The stage has to be built, a crew of 20–25 people is needed to run lights and sound, there has to be food and beverage arrangements and security, but luckily for Camp Fimfo — they have Aaron Green.

Green is a talent buyer for Jayson Entertainment Group and a co-creator of two music festivals: The Country Fest and Neon Nights. When Green was sent to Camp Fimfo last year to begin making plans for the festival, he was reminded why he started creating them in the first place.

“I really love it. It’s so fun to take a field, or some kind of space, and imagine a band there,” Green said. “It’s kind of my favorite thing to do, turning nothing into something.”

Although Camp Fimfo has turned their field into a concert venue it doesn’t mean the rest of the property is lacking in activities. There is a pool, swim-up bar, water park, mini golf, basketball and pickleball/tennis courts, a stocked fishing tank, yard games and special planned activities for the weekend including tie-dye shirts, wooden coaster painting and candle making.

“That’s what makes the concert a unique experience, it’s a chance to bring your family and take a weekend away,” Crownover said.

For families and Wacoan wanting to start the weekend early, they can head to Camp Fimfo on Thursday night, April 25 to enjoy local live music, shop at the local vendor market and enjoy barbecue plates.

“We are family friendly, so it’s a fun festival,” Crownover said. “You can listen to music, you can do adult things, but also, you can pop open your chair and play with your kids in the middle of a concert and let them run around and have a good time.”

Local food trucks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the concert. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their favorite blanket or fold out chair to sit back and enjoy the live music. Even Crownover will get to rest from the chaos and catch a song or two from the concert.

“We have to work [the concert], but we can also enjoy it as well,” Crownover said. “We’ll have people doing different jobs but it’s just such a joy to sit back and kind of take it all in for a few minutes and just see that the hard work paid off.”

All tickets for the concert series are general admission and there is no assigned seating, unless you want to purchase VIP tickets. All tickets are on sale now and are starting at only $49 for the day pass and $69 for the full weekend. To see the lodging packages for Camp Fimfo, visit their website.

“We’re hoping for really good growth for the community, to get this thing really humming because we are planning on returning in the fall and doing it again,” Green said. “I just want to keep building momentum and getting people to the property.”