I think it happens in every small to medium size town in the midwest. The annual summer festival brings beer gardens, food carts, and cover bands doing their best tribute to Journey's "Wheel in the Sky".
My friends and I started the evening by hanging out on Amy's deck where she had prepared delicious guacamole, salsa, and fruit dip. After a few mudslides, we experienced Ankeny's Summerfest. We should have stayed on the deck where we were having a fabulous time.
Thank goodness that I was with some fun chums because Summerfest will forever be called Bummerfest. First of all, it was partially our fault. We got their late so it was already dark and very crowded. Like everything else in life, food became the savior of Bummerfest. The brightly lit fair food carts drew us away from the drunk crowds with their promise of fried treats and variety of cool beverages.
Jodi and I couldn't resist the promise of the Jumbo Plumper Corn Dog. Penny enjoyed the Walking Taco. All of our hands were in the big bag of kettle corn as we stood around deciding to stay or go.
Although Bummerfest was a bust, the deck fun made up for it ten fold. I guess, you get to a certain point and you just want to hang out with the small group of friends that you enjoy rather than the thousand you have no idea who they are.