ROMP 2009 moved to Yellow Creek Park yesterday for its final two days, two of the hottest days I've ever experienced in Owensboro. The temperature supposedly hit 96 degrees yesterday and the humidity is very high - a bad combination for folks staying outdoors for 10 or 12 hours, many of those hours in direct sunlight.
It appears that the heat may have kept some of the locals from coming out this year because the crowd appeared smaller than in past years, especially early in the day. Here is a look at the park as folks gradually trickled in for the performances:
That's the legendary Bobby Osborne (with Rocky Top X-Press) in the last two pictures, of course. The crowd enjoying Bobby's music was considerably larger than it appears to be from these photos because most people were farther back, taking advantage of the shade line offered by the trees in the park.
Today's events include appearances by The Dixie Bee-Liners, The Special Consensus, Grasstowne, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and The Dan Tyminski Band. It will be another hot day - but a good one. There's just no such thing as a bad day at a bluegrass festival. I make my drive back to Houston on Sunday and will have a whole lot more next week to say about my four days in Owensboro.