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about 10KLF

driving directions

date/time

re-entry policy

what is provided

what to bring

what not to bring

what's allowed inside

arriving + departing

campgrounds/camping

venue/concert grounds

tickets

vending

safety and security

accessible information



Sunset over Lake Sallie
About 10KLF

q What are the dates of the 2009 10,000 Lakes Festival?
a The 7th Annual 10KLF will take place July 22 - 25, 2009.

2009 Festival Information: The 7th Annual 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) will take place Wednesday, July 22 through Saturday, July 25, 2009 at the scenic Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. 10KLF features premium on-site camping and live performances all weekend long.

The 10,000 Lakes Festival showcases over 90 artists and bands on six stages, including the Barn Stage on a shady hill overlooking the concert bowl, the Field Stage where music-lovers spread out and soak up some sun, the Saloon Stage for intimate concerts and late night jams, and the Main Stage where everyone gathers in the evening for the headliners.

The event ticket price includes all band performances 7/22/09 - 7/25/09 and camping under the stars adjacent to one of the the most beautiful outdoor concert venues in the nation. The Soo Pass Ranch features wireless Internet access, numerous bars and food/beverage/merchandise booths. Large, permanent restroom facilities with running hot and cold water surround the concert bowl and 24-hour security and medical personnel are available to assist you.

10KLF contains numerous lakeside, wooded and rolling-field campgrounds built specifically for people to enjoy their weekend in a spacious, friendly and comfortable setting. Festival-goers can relax in beautiful Lake Sallie Campground with over 3,000 feet of shoreline or settle into the shady forest campsites of Northwoods. VIP Camping is located in the hills directly behind the Main Stage with a number of electrical hookups available, and the Blue Ox/Viking Campgrounds offer meadow camping on rolling manicured fields. The campgrounds are well groomed with permanent roads, lighting and real showers with hot water. Campsites are suitable for virtually any kind of camping vehicle. Every campground is within walking distance of the concert site.

All campgrounds will open at 10:00am on Wednesday, July 22 for Music and Camping Ticket holders. The campgrounds will remain open until Sunday, July 26 at noon.

Please note: every vehicle entering the campgrounds must have a Campground Vehicle Reservation. Click Here for more info.

The first band performances begin at 6:00pm on Wednesday, July 22.

General Admission Music and Camping Tickets and VIP Packages are on sale now at the Ticket Store.



Driving Directions/Airport Info

The 10,000 Lakes Festival is held at the Soo Pass Ranch and Amphitheater on Minnesota Highway 59, four miles south of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota and fourty-five miles east of Fargo, North Dakota. A map and directions to our site and the specific campground you are staying in will be included with your tickets. Follow the signs and instructions from our parking staff to enter the camping and parking areas. Campsites are filled as vehicles come in, so you must meet with your group before you arrive at the campgrounds if you want to camp together.

We are approximately 220 miles northwest of the Minneapolis / St. Paul area, and 45 miles east of Fargo, North Dakota.

Driving Directions:

From the Minneapolis / St Paul area take Interstate 94 West to US Hwy 59 North (Near Fergus Falls, MN, Exit 50). The Soo Pass Ranch is 40 miles north from this exit on U.S. Hwy 59. You can also take U.S. Hwy 10 West from the Minneapolis/St Paul area. U.S. Highway 10 takes you directly into Detroit Lakes. Follow it through the city to U.S. Highway 59 South (left hand turn off of US Hwy 10). We are 4 miles South on US Highway 59.

From the Fargo area take U.S. Hwy 10 East to U.S. Highway 59 South (right hand turn off of U.S. Hwy 10). We are 4 miles South on US Highway 59

Airports: the closest commercial airport is in Fargo, ND. (Yes, that Fargo). ;> It is about a 45-55 minute drive from the Fargo airport to the festival site. There are cars for rent at the airport, but sell out fast as summer approaches.

You can also fly into Minneapolis, MN, and flights can often be cheaper than flying into Fargo. This is a huge airport with rental cars. It is roughly a 4 hour drive north from Minneapolis to 10KLF.

Airport Shuttles: there are no official 10,000 Lakes Festival shuttles.

However, MrBusDriver.com has organized a number of airport bus shuttles from both the Fargo, ND and Minneapolis, MN airports directly to the festival grounds, with a return trip back to each airport on Sunday. There is also a pickup scheduled for St. Cloud, MN. For more details Click Here.

 Click Here for a Map

Click Here for a Google Satellite Map

 Click Here for a Great Aerial Photo of the Soo Pass Ranch


Arriving At Your Campground

There are no left-hand, cross-traffic turns. You must be traveling in the correct direction in order to make a right-hand turn into your campground. If you do not have a Campground Vehicle Reservation when arriving, follow the road signs and you will be camped in the next available campground. There is plenty of room.

Lake Sallie Campground
: You must be driving south on 59 to make a right turn into the campground.

Northwoods Campground: You must be driving north on 59 to make a right turn into the campground.

VIP Campground: You must be driving south on 22 to make a right turn into the campground.

Blue Ox/Viking Campground: You must be driving north on 22 to make a right turn into the campground.

There will be campsites and tickets available at the gate. But we strongly recommend purchasing everything in advance to speed your entry into the festival. Follow the road signs.

Click Here for a Google Map of the area.



Day-Parking: for those of you who are not camping, you need to be traveling on County Highway 22. Day-Parking is on the east side of the venue. Follow the signs.





Date/Time
10KLF 2009 will take place July 22 - 25. The musical performances happen Wednesday, July 22 through Saturday, July 25. All campgrounds will open at 10:00am on Wednesday, July 22 for Music and Camping Ticket holders. The campgrounds will remain open until Sunday, July 26 at noon.

Please note: every vehicle entering the campgrounds must have a Campground Vehicle Reservation. Click Here for more info.

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Re-Entry Policy

You may come and go as you wish, but you will be subject to ticket and security checkpoints upon re-entry. No ticket, no entry.

You will receive a wristband when you present your ticket at the campground or parking entrances. This wristband must be worn at all times during the festival. Lost or stolen wristbands can not be replaced.


What is provided

- Potable water
- 24-hour Medical Assistance and Security
- Showers
- Portable and permanent toilet facilities
- Food, Beverage and Merchandise Vendors
- Firewood for sale (no outside wood allowed into the campgrounds)
- ATM's available on the concert grounds
- Master Card and Visa credit cards are accepted on site for admission and most food and beverages
- Camper trash bags and recycling bags
- Friendly and helpful staff.





What to bring

Minnesota is wonderful in the summer. Temperatures occasionally reach into the 90's during the day and it can be chilly at night. Generally the heat is mild. The average high temperature in July is 78 and the average low is 58. Rain is a possibility. Unless weather conditions are dangerous, performances will go on rain or shine.

 Click Here for current weather conditions in Detroit Lakes
Things you should bring:

- Warm coat/clothes and sleeping bag
- Camping chairs
- Insect repellant
- Sunscreen
- Clothing for hot weather
- Sunglasses < - Bathing suit and towel for lake swimming
- Rain gear
- Flashlight
- Camping light, batteries
- Extra set of vehicle keys or key code
- Disposable camera
- Baby wipes or cleansing cloths
- Band-aids or a first-aid kit
- Tent or other suitable shelter for sleeping
- Shade (tarp or shade tent)
- Food, snacks, bottled water (a variety of food and beverages will be available)
- ID (especially if you wish to purchase alcoholic beverages)
- Cash (there are ATMs on site, but lines can be long)

If you forget anything, Detroit Lakes is a great little town with plenty of retail stores.

What not to bring



- ABSOLUTELY NO PETS! Vehicles with pets will not be allowed into the campgrounds or parking areas. Call Jim Neitzke at Rolling Acres Boarding at 218-847-6821 to arrange boarding for your pet.

- No weapons of any kind

- No fireworks

- No firewood. Due to the Ash Beetle problem, outside firewood will not be allowed into the campgrounds. Firewood will be available for sale in the campgrounds.

- No illegal substances. We must follow Minnesota laws in all respects. There will be vehicle searches as you enter the festival grounds.

- No glass bottles or glass containers. This includes beer bottles.

- The sale of alcohol, tobacco and unlicensed food/merchandise is strictly prohibited

- Amplified performances by bands/dj's are not permitted in the campgrounds

- No scooters or personal motor vehicles of any kind (non-motorized bicycles are allowed in the campgrounds)

- No unauthorized vending will be allowed. Unauthorized vendors will be turned away and risk having their wares confiscated. For more information about vending please Click Here





What is allowed into the concert field

- Factory sealed bottled water (non-glass containers)
- Empty water bottles to be filled inside (non-glass containers)
- Non-framed backpacks and small bags/purses (subject to inspection at the venue gates)
- Disposable or small personal cameras. No professional photo gear.
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Folding lawn or camp chairs. Chairs may not be left in the concert area overnight.
- Strollers for the kiddies


What is not allowed into the concert field


- No glass or cans
- No food or drinks, other than factory sealed water bottles and small snacks.
- No video equipment or professional photo gear.
- No weapons, fireworks or illegal materials of any kind.
- No sticks or large objects




Arriving/Departing

 When can we arrive? When do we have to leave?
All campgrounds will open at 10:00am on Wednesday, July 22 for Music and Camping Ticket holders. The campgrounds will remain open until Sunday, July 26 at noon. Do not arrive early. You will be turned away.

Please note: every vehicle entering the campgrounds must have a Campground Vehicle Reservation. Click Here for more info.

The first band performances begin at 6:00pm on Wednesday, July 22.


q Will all of the campgrounds open at once?
a Yes. With the purchase of your Campground Vehicle Reservation, you will know in advance which campground entrance to use. All campgrounds will open at 10:00am on Wed. July 22.


 Will the entrances to the campgrounds be open 24 hours?
 Yes. Campground entrances are open and manned 24 hours a day between Wednesday, July 22 at 10:00am and Sunday, July 26 at noon. We strongly advise arriving at your campground in the daylight hours. Life will be much easier for all of us if you plan it this way.


q What do I need to have with me when I arrive?
a We strongly urge you to buy your tickets and Campground Vehicle Reservations early. This will dramatically shorten your wait in line (which is usually pretty short, anyway) and guarantee you a camping spot in the campground of your choice. You will need to show ID as proof of age. There will be a brief vehicle search as you enter the campgrounds and parking areas. Tickets and Reservations will be available for sale at the gate.


 Where are the closest airports to the venue?
 The closest airport is in Fargo, North Dakota and is about a 45 minute drive. The Minneapolis/St. Paul International airport is a 4 hour drive north to the venue. There are numerous car rental companies at both airports. We strongly suggest making a reservation as soon as possible if you need a car.


Will you be providing any shuttles to/from the airports?
 There are no official 10KLF shuttles. However, MrBusDriver.com has organized a number of airport bus shuttles from both the Fargo, ND and Minneapolis, MN airports directly to the festival grounds, with a return trip back to each airport. There is also a pickup scheduled for St. Cloud, MN. For more details Click Here.


 If I am staying off site, can I leave and come back?
 Yes. As always, you need tickets and will go through security checkpoints. There will be day parking available. Follow the signs as you approach the venue.




Campgrounds + Camping


q What is a Campground Vehicle Reservation?
a The purchase of a Campground Vehicle Reservation guarantees that a camping spot will be waiting for you when you arrive at 10KLF. Reservations are available when you purchase your tickets. Lake Sallie, Northwoods, Blue Ox, Viking and VIP Campground reservations are available for sale now in the Ticket Store. Camping sites are limited in each campground. We will stop selling reservations for a specific campground once it is full.


q Will Campground Vehicle Reservations sell out?
a It is likely that the Lake Sallie and Northwoods Campground Vehicle Reservations will sell out, as they are our most popular campgrounds. The Soo Pass Ranch can handle any size crowd, so additional campgrounds will be opened if necessary. Buy your tickets and Campground Vehicle Reservation now if camping in a particular campground is important to you. You may arrive at the festival without a campground reservation, but you will not have a choice of campgrounds to choose from. You will be directed to the nearest open campground where a Campground Vehicle Reservation can be purchased.
 
q Does everyone in my vehicle need to have a Campground Vehicle Reservation?
a No. You only need one Campground Vehicle Reservation per vehicle. But each person in your car must have purchased a Music & Camping Ticket, or must purchase one at the gate.


q Will Campground Vehicle Reservations be available for sale at the gate?
a Yes, but you will not be given a choice of campgrounds. You will be sold a reservation for the campground with available spots.


q When do the campgrounds open and close?
a All campgrounds will open at 10:00am on Wednesday, July 22 for Music and Camping Ticket holders. The campgrounds will remain open until Sunday, July 26 at noon. Do not arrive early. You will be turned away.

The first band performances begin at 6:00pm on Wednesday, July 22.


Will I be camping next to my car?
 Yes. There are more than enough great camping spots at the 10,000 Lakes Festival. Many have lake views and shady trees and most are spacious. Roads must be kept clear in order for the sanitation and safety trucks to do their jobs. Please help us keep tents and gear away from the roads.


 Can we leave the campgrounds and re-enter?
 Yes. Tickets, please. There will be security and vehicle checks as you re-enter.


 Can you reserve a specific spot in a campground?
 No. Campsites are filled as vehicles come in. But, you can guarantee that a spot will be available for you in a specific campground with the purchase of a Campground Vehicle Reservation. You must meet with your group before you arrive at the festival in order to camp together.


 Is there a "Family Campground"?
 Yes. There will be a number of "Family Areas" in each campground. Please tell the 10KLF camping personnel that you wish to camp in the family area and we will accomodate you if at all possible. Please keep in mind that this event is intended for adults.


 What will you be providing at the campgrounds?
 There will be bathrooms (mainly Porto-Johns), hand wash stations, potable water, real showers and 24-hour security/medical. Ice will be available at several locations throughout the campgrounds and from a roving truck. A water and pumper truck for RV services will be available during daylight hours for a small fee.


 What emergency services will be available on site?
 There will be 24 hour security, locksmiths and EMT's.


 Will pets be allowed in the venue/campgrounds?
 ABSOLUTELY NO PETS! Call Jim Neitzke at Rolling Acres Boarding Kennel - 218-847-6821. You will not be allowed into the campgrounds or parking areas with pets.


 Will RV's be allowed? Is there a charge? Will there be any hookups? Do we have to reserve a spot?
 RV's will be allowed with no additional charge and will have no designated area. Our campgrounds are designed for RV's as well as primitive camping. A very limited number of electrical hookups will be available with the purchase of a VIP camping package. A roving "honey dipper" will pump for a reasonable fee, but we recommend that you dump your tanks properly before entering and after leaving the festival site.


 What is the largest size RV allowed in the campgrounds?
 There is no limit on the size of RV's that we allow.


 What kind of handicap facilities will you be providing?
 There is a designated area for parking and camping  for people with special accessibility needs. You must have an official Disability Certificate or plate for your vehicle if you need to use these areas. There will also be accessible restroom facilities. There are no stairs or other barriers to entering the concert grounds. There will a wheelchair accessible space inside the concert area.  You may make reservations for space in the Accessible Camping Area at the on line ticket store or by calling the Ticket Office at 1-800-493-3378.


 What will we be allowed to bring into the campgrounds?
 You can bring your own food and beverages into the campground areas. No kegs, barrels or 55-gallon drums. You must be 21 and be able to prove it to drink alcoholic beverages. Illegal materials, fireworks, glass bottles and weapons are not permitted. Fires must be modest and in small grills or fire rings. Acoustic music is welcome. No electrified music gear in the campgrounds. The Golden Rule applies.


 Will bands be allowed to play in the camping area if not affiliated with the festival?
 No.


 Are we allowed to bring gas powered generators?
 Yes, but only small portable generators 25KW or less. Loud generators are not permitted.


 Will there be any electricity in the camping area?
 There will be no electricity available in the camping areas, except for a very limited number of electrical hookups in the VIP campground.


 Are you allowing therapy dogs in the campgrounds?
 Yes, but they must be licensed. Please Contact Us in advance.


 Is there cell phone service available at Soo Pass Ranch?
 There is a cell phone tower nearby, although due to expected high calling volume, service may not be consistent.


q Can I camp in the VIP Campground without having VIP Music & Camping Tickets?
a No. The VIP Campground is open for VIP Ticket holders only. But, VIP Ticket holders do not have to camp in VIP Camping and may opt to purchase any available Campground Vehicle Reservation from the Ticket Store.


 Can I bring my bicycle?
 Yes. Non-motorized bicycles are allowed in the campgrounds, but not in the concert venue. There are numerous bike trails that connect with the campgrounds if you want to take a very pleasant ride.


b Can I bring firewood?
a No. Due to the Ash Beetle problem, outside firewood will not be allowed into the campgrounds. Firewood will be available for sale in the Campground General Stores.






Venue/Concert Grounds


 What can I bring into the concert area?
 Non-framed backpacks, empty plastic water bottles, factory-sealed plastic water bottles, small snacks and empty camelbacks. All entries will go through a physical search when entering the concert grounds.

 Will we be allowed to leave the show and come back?
 Yes. You will pass through a wristband and security checkpoint each time you enter.


 What is the taping policy going to be? Will we need to get tapers tickets?
 Audio taping will be permitted. Video Taping will NOT be allowed. No special tapers ticket will be necessary.


 Will cameras be allowed in the concert (venue) area?
 Small or disposable cameras will be allowed in the venue area. Professional cameras will NOT be allowed. Video taping is not permitted at any time.





Tickets


q How can I purchase tickets and Campground Vehicle Reservations?
a Tickets and Reservations can be purchased on-line through our Secure Ticket Store.

Tickets may also be purchased by calling 1-800-493-3378.


a Will there be a ticket price increase?
q Yes. Purchase your tickets now for the best ticket prices and Campground Vehicle Reservation availability.


 Can I bring my kids? Do they have to pay?
 Yes, children are welcome under adult supervision. But please keep in mind that this event is intended for adults. Children 6-11 are discounted in price and children 5 and under are free with a paid adult. Children must be under parental supervision at all times.


 When will the tickets be sent out?
 All tickets will be shipped within 30 days of the event via standard mail.


 How can I check the status of my ticket and how can I change the mailing address, etc?
If you purchased your tickets through the 10,000 Lakes web site, please email tickets@10klf.com or call 1-800-493-3378. If you bought your tickets through another ticket outlet, please contact them directly for ticket issues.




Vending


 What will be available for purchase at the festival?
 There will be merchants of all kinds including clothing, artisans, food and beverage vendors. We have made a conscious effort to provide a wide range of products for sale at reasonable prices. For campground vending information Click Here.


 How do I become a vendor at the 10,000 Lakes Festival?
 Click Here for vending information.


A note about unauthorized vending:

We understand that vending has been a vibrant part of the festival culture from day one. But we must abide by all Minnesota laws, particularly regarding the unlicensed selling of food, alcohol and tobacco on the 10,000 Lakes Festival property. Unauthorized and unlicensed vendors may be fined and risk having their wares confiscated by the State of Minnesota Health Department. These laws are in place to protect the public from potential health risks, not to hassle anyone. We must also protect the interests of the authorized vendors who have spent their own hard-earned money to vend at the festival. We appreciate your understanding in this matter. If you have any comments or suggestions regarding unauthorized vending please email us at info@10klf.com




10KLF 2009 Public Safety


The 10,000 Lakes Festival is commited to providing a safe, clean and friendly music and camping environment. As a festival attendee, we expect you to help us in this goal.

The Soo Pass Ranch is a music venue and strictly follows the laws and guidelines that apply to any ballpark, stadium, arena or amphitheatre in Minnesota. As in any public setting, you are responsible for your actions. Please remember that you are a guest in Detroit Lakes and represent the festival to the community at large. We ask that you be good neighbors both inside and outside of the festival grounds.

Local and state law enforcement are involved with every aspect of our security plan, and will be present inside as well as outside of the festival grounds for your safety. In the case of an emergency immediately contact any 10KLF Staff or 24-Hour Security and Medical station located throughout the venue and campgrounds.

The Minnesota Highway Patrol will be patrolling the roads leading into the festival. The Becker County Sheriff's Department will be patrolling the festival throughout the duration of the event.

There will be brief vehicle searches of all vehicles entering the festival. There is a strict no pets policy at 10KLF. Vehicles with pets will not be allowed into the festival! Fireworks, weapons, glass bottles, glass, pets, furniture, and illegal materials of any kind are strictly prohibited.

The 10,000 Lakes Festival grounds are subject to county, state and federal laws. Violation of these laws including illegal behavior conducted in plain sight is potential grounds for search, citation or arrest. Please abide by all local, state and federal laws and lock up and secure your valuables when you leave your campsite. Your cooperation is essential for all of us and for the festival's future.

If you have any questions about 10KLF Public Safety please email info@10klf.com


Accessible Information

There are no stairs or other barriers to entering the 10,000 Lakes Festival concert grounds. There will be wheelchair accessible spaces inside the concert area. There will also be accessible restroom facilities. There is a designated area for parking and camping for people with special accessibility needs. You must have an official Disability Certificate or plate for your vehicle if you need to use these areas. You may make reservations for space in the Accessible Camping Area at the 10KLF Ticket Store or by calling the Ticket Office at 1-800-493-3378.


Miscellaneous


 What is the security going to be like at the 10,000 Lakes Festival?
 24-Hour Event Security & mounted patrols will be located throughout the site for the entire duration of the event. We must abide by all Minnesota laws. If you engage in illegal activities you must expect consequences. If you have an EMERGENCY, find a staff person with a radio, go to an information tent, medical tent, or tell one of the mounted security personnel. There will be a brief vehicle search of every vehicle coming in to the campgrounds or parking areas.



 What are the exact set times?
 The exact set times (and set lengths) are a work in progress. Visit the Artist Set Times page for the latest info. All artists and set times are subject to change.



 Is there a 10KLF Street Team?
 Yes. Email Us for Street Team information.



 Are there any employment opportunities with the 10,000 Lakes Festival?
 Yes. Click Here for employment information.



 Is 10KLF an annual event?
 Yes. The 2009 10KLF is our seventh event and we look forward to doing this for many summers to come!



 
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