Show Barn Camping: A Guide

Show Barn Camping: A Guide

 Photo: bigtex.com

Photo: bigtex.com

There are a number of reasons why someone might need to stay the night in the show barn. Maybe you drew the short straw and have to make sure the animals are safe all night. Maybe you went a little too hard at the grandstand concert and walking all the way back to the camper was a little too much of a task. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few who got a pen specifically to put in cots and spend your whole week in the barn. No matter the situation, here’s a few quick tips to seem less tacky the next time you cuddle up in the tack pen.

  1. Avoid straw bales whenever possible. Unless you want to wake up itchy, try and spring for pile of clean pine shavings which will give you the added benefit of smelling fresh when you wake up. If it’s good enough for the animals to lay in, it’s good enough for you.
  2. Portable chargers are your friends. Unplugging the fans to charge your phone is not only going to make your animals upset, but your family too.
  3. Have water and snacks hidden away just in case you wake up with a craving. That will make it easier to avoid the items on our definitive list of the best fair foods. Or not. Your choice.
  4. Earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones will insure bleating goats or squealing pigs don’t disturb your ~tranquil~ slumber.
  5. Buy a few extra tickets for the carnival so if any children come by and attempt to irritate you, they can be dispatched to their centripetal doom on the Gravitron.
  6. Never underestimate the utility of a hooded sweatshirt. It can serve as a pillow, a blanket, or a cozy gift for any cuties you may run across on those chilly nights.

The show barn might not be the ideal place to spend the night, but it doesn’t have to be the worst. With a few minor adjustments, you will be telling your friends that the barn is where all the cool people spend the night.

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