Things We Love and Hate About ComFest

Written by on June 23, 2011 in Events - 8 Comments

We’re just one day away from ComFest, that hippie-tastic weekend in Goodale Park that we’ve all come to associate with summertime. I had intended to write an article about improvements made to the alcohol distribution at this year’s event, which one of the organizers had shared with me a few months ago over a pint at the bar, but apparently ComFest doesn’t respond to media queries in the month of June. Seriously, it’s on their website. And unfortunately, I no longer remember what the improvements were, as that one pint turned into several. I think it had something to do with Columbus Brewing Company beer, more beer stations, improved beer lines (yay better beer!) and uh… other stuff. Crap.

Well, anyway, here’s a friendly reminder that carry-in alcohol is illegal at ComFest. So buy your booze in a refillable mug like the rest of us. And in lieu of the article I had HOPED to write…

Top 5 Reasons We Love Comfest

1. The generally accepted open use of marijuana


2. The very accepted open exposure of breasts

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3. Your boozing supports the community and doesn’t create unsustainable waste


4. Some of the neatest vendors you’ll see anywhere, with awesome handcrafted goods


5. Hella good music (for ComFest performance schedule, click here)


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Top 5 Reasons We Hate Comfest

1. Smelly portapotties

2. Saggy boobs


3. The haunting smell of fried food, which may contain crack, because it is impossible to resist

4. The uncertainty of whether your 1 beer token will get you the “one token bonus” – a beer filled up more than halfway with only one token used – or whether you should give the volunteer 2 tokens and possibly end up wasting your money just so you know you won’t have to wait in the beer line again soon

5. The inability to use credit anywhere (and the lack of available ATM’s.) Maybe this one’s just me. Most festivals are like this. But hey, I don’t carry cash. So screw you, ComFest vendors. Just kidding, I love you. But really. Get the Square app for your damn phone and take credit.

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What’s your favorite (or least favorite) part of ComFest?

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About the Author

Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Geek of the craft beer/board game/sci-fi varieties. Fan of patios.

8 Comments on "Things We Love and Hate About ComFest"

  1. Brandie June 23, 2011 at 9:33 AM · Reply

    For me, the “blind eye turned” toward pot smoking has the negative side effect of bringing giant gaggles of stinky hippies. It’s also a pain tripping over everyone’s dogs, which usually look overly hot and not terribly happy to be there.

    But the thing I adore about ComFest is just the whole going to see people and be seen thing. There are people who I see once a year – at ComFest. For 51 weekends each year, I completely forget their existence. And then it’s a big family reunion during ComFest!

    Overall, I adore that we have this big, chill place to hang out, drink under the stars, and stare at boobies.

    • Cheryl Harrison June 23, 2011 at 10:25 AM · Reply

      But the hippies make for such good people watching!

  2. Lauren W. June 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM · Reply

    According to this year’s program, there will be multiple ATMs in the park this year. I see one shown by the Offramp Stage and one over by the Jazz Stage.

  3. George Adams June 24, 2011 at 9:33 AM · Reply

    I hear rumors that CBC will have beer at Comfest. Not for certain, but that will make Comfest much better.

    • Cheryl Harrison June 24, 2011 at 9:45 AM · Reply

      I THOUGHT that was one of the things the organizer had shared with me… but again… details are hazy :( lol

  4. George Adams June 26, 2011 at 2:10 PM · Reply

    The one token bonus was great. We also happened to be in the beer line that was running at express speed. They did have CBC Summer Teeth on the draft lists.

  5. Nate Riggs June 27, 2011 at 9:33 AM · Reply

    Yep, that pretty much nails Comfest… :)

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