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Ride the bus

We try to think of everything to make your SITP experience the best. One of the ways we do this is to offer you a hassle-free way to attend without dealing with the frustration of finding a parking spot within a square-mile of the beautiful Grandview Park.

Feel spoiled by being chauffeured to the event by a nice driver in a very nice Sioux City bus sponsored by Jensen Imports as you and yours are comfortably swaying back and forth in the bus singing "The Wheels on the Bus" in eight-part harmony.

Park at the Tyson Event Center, 401 Gordon Drive, and get picked up near the Tyson fountain area. You can even get a ride back after having more fun than any of us deserve to have.

Shuttle costs each way are: $1.80 for adults, $0.90 for seniors, Medicare cardholders and those with disabilities, and $1.55 for youth. Children ages 5 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

Have fun, ride the bus, be safe, be thankful and may peace be on your journey.

-- Phyl Claeys, The Keeper of the Gates SITP

It's easy being green at SITP

While your neighbor one blanket over may seem a little trashy, that is still no excuse to throw your garbage in their direction. Take the time to dispose of it properly. Help out the small army of volunteers who clean the park after the festival by throwing your trash away in the appropriate recycling and garbage bins throughout the park. You won't have any trouble finding them, either, as there are about 40 containers that can be found around the park. Thank you for your earthly consideration.

Cash for the day

If you were silly enough to forget your wad o' cash at home, then the ATMs will surely quell your worries of having to leave the park (say sayonara to your parking spot). Machines will be spread out across the grounds, so don't think for a second that we don't have you covered.

Of course we recommend you bring cash before the event, but then we couldn't collect the convenience fee. We're trying to keep you prepared -- especially since two of the ATMs will be next to the beer tent. Plus, you never know what you may find from the vendors in Arts Alley.

Beer breakdown

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Grab a cold one and enjoy the SITP festivities in style. Here's what you need to know about the beer this year:

1. No BYOB. Please respect that this is a free festival made possible in part by the beer sales. No alcoholic beverages are allowed to be brought into the park. Supporting the sales provides a lineup like we have this year!

2. The price is right. Ticket prices remain the same from last year. Buy five tickets for $20. Individual tickets cost $4.50.

3. What's brewing. We will have a beer to suit almost every taste profile for your enjoyment. It isn’t often that a festival offers a selection of over a dozen brands and styles from high-end and craft choices to the most popular domestic brews -- some in draft, and also package beers. Brands available will be: Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, Mich Ultra, Shock Top, Goose Island 312 IPA, Breckenridge Agave Wheat, Bud Light-A-Ritas in Lime and Strawberry, Chelada Bud Light and Shock Top Shandy. New beers offered in 2018 are Busch Light, Bud Light Orange Golden Road Wolf Pup and Budweiser Freedom Reserve. Plus single serve Copa Di Vino Wines.

4. Beer Garden: Part Two. The second beer garden, a.k.a. “Earl’s Place Beer Garden,” has a $10 admission charge to experience an area providing the best sound and view of the entertainment.

5. Make sure you had at least 21 birthdays. Why is that? Because only then will you be able to drink all those adult beverages. No exceptions, you must be 21 to enter the beer gardens. Children under the age of 12 can enter the beer gardens with their parent(s). 

Get social with us

You loved the filters so much last year that we brought them back! And we even added a couple new ones. Be sure to capture your SITP 2018 pics using the Snapchat geofilters. Then don't forget to share your memories with everyone on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using #SITPFest.

Sioux City Journal live coverage

Even though it's the biggest music festival in town, we totally understand if you don't want to leave the comfort of your own home. Who doesn't like sitting in front of a computer all day and scrolling through Facebook and Twitter feeds?

Well, we certainly do. Once the park is open to the public, you can bet that we're going to be right there tweeting, live blogging and posting photos as the day rolls along. Follow @scj and @scweekender for consistent updates on everything SITP.

Don't forget to follow the SITP's official Twitter @sitpfest for the inside scoop including backstage tidbits. Those who want to be included in our live blog should include #sitpfest in their tweets.

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