18th Annual Beartrap Festival

by Taylor Viydo, tviydo@k2tv.com 

This weekend Casper Mountain was host to the 18th installment of the Beartrap Summer Festival. 
The music festival took place on Saturday and Sunday on the mountain's Beartrap meadow and welcomed between 3,000-5,000 visitors. Around 11 bluegrass and blues bands performed over the weekend with blues artist Taj Mahal headlining the festival Sunday afternoon. 
Guests not only enjoyed listening to the musical acts, they also got the chance to shop and eat and the dozens of vendor tents set up in the meadow.  
According to organizer Bob Price, outdoor music festivals have been gaining popularity over the past few years, and Beartrap is no exception. "For actually an outdoor festival, I think this is one of the largest in the state," Price said. "I don't think there's a better venue for listening to some of this great music...the ambiance is really something." 
Festival goers were also fans of the venue, just as much as they were fans of the music. "I've been living [in Casper] for 50 years, and I always come up here and I just love it," said Bob Krug with his wife Ann. "We've hardly missed a festival. We look forward to it every year."