What is the elusive Chompdown? Each year, at Wakarusa, a communal breakfast is held. This year the breakfast will be held on Friday morning starting at 9:00 am. The Wakarusa forum members, many of which are part of a volunteer group called the St. Bernard's, puts on this feast. The St. Bernard's run the information booths, lost and founds and other assertive services at the festival.
The breakfast goes on for several hours and includes a great live music show. Traditionally, Dirtfoot plays an extra show during the breakfast to entertain the masses. Below is a great video piece of them rocking it out for Chompdown.
The first breakfast was held, and organized, in 2007 under its founding leader Rabbit. Over the years the organization hard hit as Rabbit was diagnosed with lymphoma and after a long fight lost his battle. At several of the Chompdown's buckets have been put out to raise funds to fight the disease that took our friend and founder.
At first Chompdown spread by word of mouth with people showing up with just a little more food then they needed. People would bring a dozen eggs, a package of bacon, some fruit. As the years passed it grew to feed several thousand people and include upwards of 100 volunteers giving of their time, camp stoves and good vibes. The event has spirit, music and soul, all the things festivals brings people together to share.
The love flows as people bring what they have extra of enjoy with a wonderful eclectic meal. There always seems to be enough food and enough variety to keep everyone happy. As the majority of the food comes in as the line up builds, the food offering constantly changes based on supply. This is one morning of the festival that people, who are awake, have a good meal and start the day off strong.
Last fall Chompdown was held at the Yonder Mountain Harvest Festival, at the same venue. The idea is spreading. Hopefully this fall Chompdown will continue to spread it's love and be a part of the Phases of The Moon Festival taking the place of the Harvest Festival.
So how can you be part of Chompdown Wakarusa 2015? Come out Friday morning and help us make it happen. A pair of hands will not be refused. If you want to come and enjoy the show and breakfast bring some extra eggs, bacon, juice, fruit, cookies, plates, cups, utensils, or anything else you think will complement the offerings.
Come hungry. See you there.