Congrats to 2017 winners: Anarchy! In the Outfield from Breckenridge, CO!

Campsite Challenge

2017 winners Anarchy! (In the Outfield) from Breckenridge, CO
2017 winners Anarchy! (In the Outfield)

To extend the spirit of sustainable Festivation into the campgrounds, we invite all RockyGrass campers to enter our 10th Annual Campsite Challenge. Coordinated by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, this contest encourages all of us to raise the bar for sustainable and creative camping.

All entrants are eligible for random daily prizes, while campsites that excel in achieving the highest levels of the Leave No Trace philosophy could win camping and 3-day passes for the 2018 Festival.

2017 Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 RockyGrass Campsite Challenge winners, "Anarchy! (In the Outfield)" from Breckenridge, CO. For their efforts, they will receive a pair of 3-day passes with camping for the 2018 RockyGrass.

How Do I Participate?

2016 winners Shady Grove from Denver, CO
2016 winners Shady Grove from Denver, CO

The contest is open to all campers in any of the Planet Bluegrass-managed campgrounds. To nominate your own campsite or one of your neighbors:

  1. Complete the 1-page campsite entry form at the Leave No Trace booth inside the festival. (Download a PDF of the entry form now.)
  2. Stop by the Leave No Trace booth each day to view all the campsite entries. Each day we select 2 winners (one chosen by our staff, one chosen at random) for daily prizes.
  3. Planet Bluegrass will select the grand prize winner after the campground pack-out is complete on Monday. The grand prize winner will receive on-site camping and 3-day passes for the 2018 RockyGrass.

How Do I Win?

We will be judging on three simple criteria:

  1. 2014 Campsite Challenge winners Happy Birthday Grass
    2014 winners Happy Birthday Grass
    Cleanliness. Are you repackaging the food you bring? Are you keeping a tidy campsite? Are items secure and not susceptible to wind gusts? Are you safely disposing of cigarette butts?
  2. Sustainability. Are you separating your recyclables, compostables, and then placing them in the correct bins at the campsite waste stations? Are you reusing products (cups, utensils, water bottles, bags) instead of trashing them? Are you using any alternative energy sources to power your campsite? Did you bike or carpool to the festival; are you offsetting carbon emissions using wind credits or carbon offsets? Will you pack out as much as possible when leaving? Did you do anything to reduce your homes’ energy while attending the festival?
  3. Creativity. Does your campsite have a theme? Did you decorate your campsite with lights, flags, or banners?Are you utilizing any unique and innovative camping techniques? Are you cooking any creative camping recipes? Are you upcycling any items from home?

What Do I Win?

Two campsite finalists will be chosen each day –- one random and one chosen by staff. Each winning campsite will receive a prize package including:

Planet Bluegrass will select the Grand Prize winner (of 2018 on-site camping passes!) after the campground pack-out on Monday.

Some Tips from Leave No Trace

  1. 2013 Campsite Challenge winners Coleman Square
    2013 winners Coleman Square
    Before you arrive, repackage food into reusable containers. This will limit how much waste you bring to the fest and keep your camp that much cleaner.
  2. Re-use is the name of the game. Bring re-usable cups, plates, napkins, etc. This will reduce the amount of trash you generate.
  3. Good campsites are found, not made. Bring folding tables, chairs, or other amenities to make a comfortable camp. Remember to take everything you brought with you, and leave the area better than you found it.
  4. Establish a clean and green camping community. Work together with other nearby campers to share your resources and strive to Leave No Trace in a fun and festive manner.
  5. Secure your food. Human food is unhealthy for wildlife. Protect the locals and your food by storing all your food, trash, and compost securely in your camp.

For More Information

Share your thoughts about the contest, or even a little pre-contest "bet you can't top our solar-powered strobing bluegrass baconizer" smack, over at the Festivarian Forum.

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. Visit at or call 1-800-332-4100