Driving or riding to GrassRoots? Try Finger Lakes Rideshare!

Not sure how you’re getting to the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival this weekend? Driving and got room for a passenger? Finger Lakes Rideshare can match you up.

Finger Lakes Rideshare is a coalition of local groups including Tompkins County, Cornell, Ithaca College, Wells, and TC3 that partner to use the Zimride ride-sharing platform to help people find and share rides.

Unlike Uber and Lyft, Zimride is about drivers sharing a ride they’re already taking, rather than acting like a taxi.

It’s free to sign up for Finger Lakes Rideshare and look for or offer a ride. Heading up to GrassRoots at all this weekend? Take a moment to see who’s going and needs, or can offer, a ride!

The gates are open

The GrassRoots Festival kicked off its live music on Thursday afternoon at 1:30, with the Bubba George Stringband.

Free parking is available on Agard Road, with free shuttle buses. Some homeowners and businesses near the fairground sell parking on their property; the lot set up near the Trumansburg ShurSave is an annual fundraiser for the Trumansburg Middle School’s 8th grade trip. Parking on the side of the road is illegal in many spots around the fairgrounds, and you may get ticketed or towed.

Camping tickets are generally sold out ahead of the festival, but admission tickets (which don’t include camping) are still available! Organizers say single-day and four-day tickets remain available and won’t sell out. “Because it’s an outdoor festival, there is generally enough room for everyone.”

Leave the glass bottles home

Glass bottles aren’t allowed at GrassRoots! Festival organizers added this rule three years ago, in hopes of avoiding the usual spate of injuries to bare feet due to broken glass by encouraging people to bring beer cans instead of bottles, and keep the larger bottles (growlers and the like) back at the tent and pour your servings into plastic cups to carry around with you. Bring a can koozie or travel mug or buy one at the festival to help keep your beer cold and keep the event family-friendly.

Besides sunscreen, bring your cell phone charger cable with you and power your phone with the sun! Renovus Energy is setting up their awesome solar-powered charging station again, with plenty of USB ports and electric outlets powered by nothing but clean sunlight.

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