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33 Things Only Bonnaroovians Will Understand

Take me back to the farm.

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2. In June, your road trip and hours of traffic before getting to the farm require more patience.

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Try to stay calm and #RadiatePositivity.

3. And once you get in, the fate of your weekend is completely in the hands of whoever assigns you a campsite.

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The difference between a 15- and 60-minute walk from your bed to Centeroo is kind of a big deal. When they say "5th largest city in Tennessee," they're not kidding.

5. And tapestries are camp essentials — not (only) because they look cool, but because they keep the sun out.

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6. Tevas and Chacos are the best way to keep your feet happy, and the easiest shoes to wash mud off of.

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The tanlines you'll take home with you are an added bonus.

7. Shade under a tree is a crucial place to recharge.

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Don’t spend all day in the sun. You won’t make it. Cool spots for naps also include the air-conditioned Cinema and Comedy tents.

8. Beer and heat don't mix in large volumes. Sometimes, you've just got to wait in line for cold, filtered water. But most of the time, walking up to the refill station for warm well water will do.

14. And sometimes, you just can’t leave a show.

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Not only because the music is so entrancingly good, but because you’re too close to the stage and the people around you are just not really trying to move.

15. Finding out where your friends are may not be hard, but it will always make you sound ridiculous, because the stage names are silly.

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“What Stage” are they at? “This Tent” or “That Tent” or “The Other Tent”?

19. You've made friends with a high-five.

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23. And relax on Sunday in whatever pair of boxers or bathing suit still smells OK.

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25. And you're comfortable with the fact that showering in the mushroom fountain is better than not showering at all.

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Don't worry, you’ll feel dirty again as soon as you walk out.

27. And the food options get fancier and fancier.

In 2014 there was Hamageddon, a 4,000-pound steel pig sculpture that spat fire alongside Baconland, an area where "bacon flights" were served. Both of those were conveniently located near the Broo'ers Festival, a tent showcasing microbreweries from around the country.

30. And by the time you've got to head home, you realized you’ve got more strength than you ever thought possible.

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What even IS sleep?

32. After Bonnaroo, you'll remember this image all year, and it will burn a hole in your heart.

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33. Because you're a Bonnaroovian, or a Bonnarooser, or a Bonnaroonie. And whether or not you make it back next year, you'll always Stay True.

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