2016 TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL ACCESS GUIDE
At Taste of Country Music Festival we want to make sure that all music lovers have access to the Taste of Country experience! Our access crew is friendly and helpful. We are looking forward to having a fantastic weekend with all of you. For comprehensive accessibility information please read our 2016 Taste of Country Music Festival access guide below.
The access guide should answer questions regarding accessibility at Taste of Country. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, by all means contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also eager to hear your suggestions and feedback.
The Taste of Country festival site abounds with natural beauty, but please be aware that this is a ski mountain venue with uneven and sloped ground. In addition, it is primarily an outdoor music festival with two stages situated across the ski resort, therefore, most travel is over natural uneven and sloped terrain. Plan accordingly as there are some distances to be covered to get to all of the areas and stages on the site, and as with any natural terrain, rain can impact the conditions.
The Access Tent is where patrons with disabilities can come to get information and request services. It will be located within the Accessible Camping area in Hunter Campground. The Access Tent will be staffed throughout the festival hours, from gates open until gates close. This is also the designated area for recharging wheelchairs, scooters, and medical devices. Remember, guests use this power at their own risk, and Taste of Country is not responsible for any personal equipment.
The main festival information booth is in the zip line building located behind the main stage.
Entering the Festival
All patrons will approach the festival via county road 23A from either the east or west.
If you are camping follow the posted signs to the area you have purchased camping in. There will be ADA accessible spaces held closest to the shuttle stop or in the case of Hunter and Mountain Top nearest to the festival entrance. Please be prepared to present your state issued disabled license plate, hang tag or placard, to festival staff upon your arrival so they can direct you accordingly.
If you are coming in for the day and have purchased an on site parking pass you will turn off of 23A at Klein Road and present the staff with your parking pass and your state issued disabled license plate, hang tag or placard and they will park you in the designated ADA accessible spaces.
If you are coming for the day and would like free parking please follow the posted signs to the free event parking were there will be designated ADA accessible spaces closest to the shuttle stop and ADA accessible shuttles. Please present the staff with your state issued disabled license plate, hang tag or placard and they will park you in the designated ADA accessible spaces.
Accessible Parking and Camping
Entrance into all accessible parking and camping areas including day parking, car camping, tent camping and RV camping, is gained with a ticket, and appropriate pass; in addition to having a current, state issued disabled license plate, hang tag or placard. Spaces are not reserved they are first come first serve. Please be prepared to present your state issued disabled license plate, hang tag or placard, to festival staff upon your arrival.
On site parking: Requires an on site parking pass available on the website.
Off site parking: Is free and a free accessible shuttle will transport you to the festival.
Accessible Car Camping: There are three car camping areas on site. In the Hunter, Mountain Top, and Riverside Car Camping areas, ADA spaces will be held close to the venue entrance. These spaces will be limited and filled first come first serve. Please present your state issued disabled license plate, hang tag or placard, to the parking staff for access to these spaces. The Access Tent will be located in the Hunter Campground. An accessible shower will be available in the Hunter Camp area.
Accessible Tent Only Camping: Is located in the Hunter Campground below the main tent campground and across from accessible car camping. Please speak to the staff at the Access Tent for placement in this area.
Accessible RV Camping: Please note: there are no hookups in this area. Water delivery and sewage pumping are available for an additional charge. Go to RV options on the website for more information. ADA spaces will be held closest to the shuttle stops or venue entrances. These spaces will be limited and filled first come first serve. Please present your state issued disabled license plate, hang tag or placard, to the parking staff for access to these spaces.
Off-site Bear Creek car and RV Camping: Located at the intersection of 23A and 214 about 2 miles west of Hunter Mountain.
There are free continuous shuttles running throughout the day to and from the festival site. ADA spaces will be held closest to the shuttle stop. These spaces will be limited and filled first come first serve. Please present your state issued disabled license plate, hang tag or placard, to the parking staff for access to these spaces.
Accessible Viewing Platform
There will be an elevated Accessible Viewing Platform within the venue for guests who use wheelchairs, have significant mobility disabilities, or who have difficulty standing for long periods of time. Staff will manage the viewing platform accordingly to make sure all patrons are comfortable during busy times.
Golf carts will be available to transport patrons with mobility impairments to and from accessible camping and the viewing platform. Rules, guidelines, and schedules for golf cart transportation will be disseminated on-site to the patrons who might require this service.
Also available on site will be a golf cart taxi service for a fee.
Powered Mobility Devices
Guests with mobility disabilities are welcome to use motorized wheelchairs and three or four wheeled scooters. For safety reasons, guests may NOT use golf carts, all-terrain vehicles, two wheeled scooters or motorbikes, either in the venue itself, or in the parking and camping areas. Other power driven mobility devices will be assessed on a case by case basis.
There will be accessible porta-johns in the Accessible Camping area, and near the Accessible Viewing Platform. There will be other accessible porta-johns in key areas throughout the festival grounds.
ASL Interpreting Services
Please send your requests as early as possible to: email@example.com
Prescriptions must have a prescription label. Photo ID must match the prescription label. For the safety of our staff please dispose of all medical waste/syringes in the proper receptacles in our medical tents. Guests needing a cool place to store their medicines can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to make those arrangements.
Special Dietary Needs
If a patron has special medical dietary restrictions, a personal amount of food will be allowed in if accompanied by a doctor’s note. Please contact email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
SERVICE ANIMALS – Definition, Policies, and Procedures
Taste of Country welcomes and supports the rights and attendance of all persons with disabilities that rely on the special skills of a trained service animal. What we DO NOT support, nor will tolerate, are pets being misrepresented by their owners as service animals, when in fact they are not. So please, don’t do it. Leave your pet at home. We mean it.
Service Animal Definition:
A ‘service animal’ means, “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability.”
Emotional support or comfort animals are not considered service animals under the ADA and therefore are not allowed at Taste of Country.
Service Animal Policies
For our patrons with disabilities who wish to bring their legitimate service animal to Taste of Country, we ask that you review and follow the policies outlined below:
1. Service animals must be accompanied by the handler with the disability at all times.
2. Service animals must be under the control and supervision of their handler at all times.
3. Service animals are not permitted to be left in camp unattended under any circumstances.
4. Handlers are required to be prepared for, and clean up after, their animals at all times.
5. We reserve the right to remove and/or refuse access to any service animal from the campgrounds or venues if that animal is deemed to be a health or safety threat to festival patrons, staff, or other service animals, or in violation of these policies.
6. All service animals must be credentialed by the Taste of Country staff (see the procedures below).
Service Animal Procedures
All patrons with disabilities attending Taste of Country this year with a service animal will need to have that animal credentialed by Taste of Country staff before entering the main gate. This process will be performed quickly and respectfully by our Accessibility Staff.
What will you need to do? It’s easy. Once you arrive at Taste of Country Music Festival, come to the Access Tent in the front of the Accessible Camping area. Staff will speak with you, record your contact information, and provide a collar tag for your service animal. Then you are good to go! Security/Staff will be on the lookout this year for all animals to have a properly credentialed Taste of Country collar tag.
Remember, Service Animals are allowed, all other dogs are not!