We’ve been back for a week and a half and there’s been a lot of catching up to do, but I thought it would be fun to finally share a little taste of the adventures we had making custom t-shirts at our first festival…in STURGIS!
The drive from Denver to Sturgis is about 7 hours when pulling a trailor full of 1000 t-shirts. We had a rough start. We were originally going to take my dad’s camper, but it broke the morning we were supposed to leave, so we had to borrow a trailer and REPACK EVERYTHING. Did I mention it was a ROUGH start? We were on the road about 12 hours after our intended departure of 10:00am. Yep. We started our road trip at 10pm. We had to stop for a little snooze and made it by noon the next day.
We camped next to the guys and gals at Led Sled who were super cool and fun. They were riding the coolest motorcycles I saw anywhere in Sturgis. All custom Sportsters. Pat Patterson was there judging other custom bikes and they also had a vendor booth. The bikes I saw them riding around rekindled my WANT for a Sportster! (I dropped a motorcycle once, then after having kids I gave up the whole idea. But now…??)
N.A.D.S. and The Drone Hunter
The Drone Hunter and N.A.D.S. are the customers that brought us to Buffalo Chip. They had drone shooting events at the range almost every day which led to a visit from the FAA. They had the Drone Hunter on stage before every concert and they were interviewed by The Today Show, Fox News and the O’reilly factor.
Speaking of concerts…we saw the Zac Brown Band, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, ZZ top and more!
Our Vendor Booth
We were making shirts for N.A.D.S. while also offering custom shirts for sale. Being total newbs, it took us a few days to get everything right. Some crazy rain and weather the first few days along with the stickiest mud that turned into cinder blocks attached to the bottom of our shoes didn’t help.
All in all, it was a great time and a HUGE learning experience. We look forward to doing another festival in the future and having all of our ducks in a row for it. We did TONS of research before going and were well prepared, but there’s lots of stuff you just don’t know until you try it!