Changes to the 2018 Academy campground lineup procedure

RockyGrass Academy Guidelines

2018 Academy Campground Line Policy

Important changes for 2018: Due to restrictions on use of the new Planet Bluegrass Farm and ongoing construction at Bohn Park, we have made several major changes to the Academy campground vehicle lineup.

  1. The 2018 RockyGrass Academy campground opens at noon 1pm on Sunday, July 22. (Note this time has been changed from noon to 1pm.)
  2. Vehicles that arrive prior to Noon may lineup at the Planet Bluegrass Farm property ( located 0.3 miles northwest of the Academy campground on Highway 36 - view map).
  3. Vehicles may not arrive at the Planet Bluegrass Farm earlier than 8am on Sunday, July 22 (the day the Academy campground opens).
  4. To avoid a line prior to 8am on Sunday, vehicles arriving anytime between 8am-11am will receive a lottery number assigning them a random spot in the Academy campground vehicle lineup (see below). We highly encourage you to arrive after 9am to help us disperse the arrivals and avoid delays. (Vehicles arriving after 11am will proceed to the end of the lineup.)
  5. If you plan to arrive in Lyons a day or more before the Academy campground opens, you will need to find your own camping/lodging. No overnight camping is allowed at Bohn Park, at the Planet Bluegrass Farm, or on public streets in Lyons.

We realize these changes may impact some students' travel plans. But after decades of experience managing these campground vehicle lines, we believe most students will appreciate the simplicity and fairness of this new system. We welcome your feedback at or 800-624-2422.

Initial Line-up Procedure (Lottery!)

To discourage any arrivals to the Planet Bluegrass Farm prior to 8am and to make this initial lineup process as stress-free and fair as possible, we will be using a "random lottery" procedure for the initial lineup from 8:00-11:00am on Sunday morning, July 22nd. (If you arrive after 11am on Sunday, you will simply proceed to the end of the line.)

Please remember: Vehicles MAY NOT ARRIVE EARLIER THAN 8:00AM at the Planet Bluegrass Farm on Sunday, July 22nd (and with this lottery procedure there is absolutely no benefit to arriving any earlier!). YOUR VEHICLE WILL BE TICKETED & TOWED IF YOU PARK ALONG HIGHWAY 36.

If you arrive before 8am, we highly recommend you relax and grab breakfast at one of Lyons' coffee shops or restaurants and casually drive over to the Planet Bluegrass Farm well after the 8am opening.

Academy Load-In Procedure