Michael Stayon, Memphis, Tenn., hangs out in the Zenith Campground at the Wakarusa Festival. More than 70 bands and about 15,000 people invaded Clinton Lake State Park for the camping and music festival.
Michael Stayon, Memphis, Tenn., sits in his changing art project called "My Masterpiece in the Zenith campground." More than 70 bands and about 15,000 people invaded Clinton Lake State Park for the camping and music festival.
Levi Gunn, Denver, left, tries to keep his beer away from Debra Blumenthal, Denver, in between acts. To the right is Katie Laurie, who is also from Denver.
Debra Blumenthal, left, and Katie Laurie, right, joke around with Levi Gunn, center, all from Denver, Colo., in between acts on the main stage.
Fierce Jamica, Vermont, dances with a plush chigger outside the Revival Tent. About 20,000 people attended Friday's Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival at Clinton Lake State Park.
From left, Nick Bement, Boxboro, Mass., Matthew Orland, Quincy, Mass., and Colby, Worcester, Mass., groove Friday to the music of the North Mississippi All Stars. Friday's events attracted about 20,000 people to Clinton Lake State Park for Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival.
Kattyan Shigenobou, Osaka, Japan, juggles by the main stage in between acts. More than 70 bands and about 15,000 people invaded Clinton Lake State Park for the camping and music festival.
Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival attendees pass by the giant welcoming sign at the main entrance.
Jaret Diller of Minneapolis takes a break from the heat with a jet of water in a misting tent at the Wakarusa Festival on Friday.
Marcy Elliott, Simsbury, Conn., dances with Paul Divittorio, Santa Cruz, Calif., to the tunes of the North Mississippi All Stars on Friday at the Wakarusa Festival at Clinton Lake State Park.
A crowd of music fans listens to Lotus at the Wakarusa Festival Friday at Clinton Lake State Park.
Music fans walk from the campsites to the music stages for the Friday night shows at the Wakarusa Music Festival.
Blake Gowan, Proctor, Vt., holds up his giant peace sign at the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival. Gowan said he used the symbol as a sign of protest against President Bush.
Carbon Leaf fans, from right, Emily Stevens, of Wichita, and Ashkley Shinn, of Parsons, sing along to "A Life Less Ordinary" at the Sun Up stage Friday at the Wakarusa Music Festival. In back, from left, are Kelly Ferrario, of St. Louis, and Ryan Famuliner, of Blue Springs, Mo.
Luther Dickinson, singer and guitarist for the North Mississippi All Stars, a southern rock and blues band, performs to a crowd of around 5,000 people on Friday at the Sundown Stage at the Wakarusa Camping & Music Festival at Clinton State Park.
Shania Berryhill, left, and her twin sister, Sierra, both 9 from Springfield, Va., dance arm-in-arm at the Sundown Stage at the Wakarusa Camping & Music Festival. The pair danced into the sunset on Friday, which was the official start of the three-day festival.
Bubbles hover over the Wakarusa Camping & Music Festival on Friday at Clinton State Park.
As the sun sets, the evening's fun is just beginning at the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival at Clinton Lake State Park. The music of the North Mississippi Allstars had festivalgoers dancing Friday at the Sun Down Stage. The festival runs through Sunday.
Joel Brummett, 17, Lawrence. "Wakarusa is where hippies meet money. They can be a powerful force, they can revive a town."
Cody Westerlund, 24, Lawrence. "When I wear this, I don't have to wear sunscreen. It's practical and very cool."
Philip Walter, 27, Little Rock, Ark. "I like it man. There's nowhere else where I can wear a skirt."
Chris Polonchek, 28, his wife, Maria, 25, and their 3-month-old twin boys, Taj and Luke, all of Lawrence. "We're only 15 minutes from home if there's a meltdown (with the boys)," Chris said.
Greg Sergi, 20, Minneapolis, Minn. "I play the d'jembe for fun."
Mark Palke, 23, Fort Collins, Colo. "There's a ton of good people here, but there's a handful of really (crappy) people too."
Marcy Elliot, 20, Simsbury, Conn., and Paul Divittorio, 20, Santa Cruz, Calif. "I drove 30 hours from Santa Cruz and picked her up at the Greyhound station in Lawrence," Divittorio said.
Danielle Cheatom, 20, Durango, Colo. "Dancing frees the soul and mind."
Stephen Gariepy, 36, Murphysville, Ill. "I'm a correspondent for the Community Radio for southern Illinois. Wakarusa is a constant stream of sound and it's a very exciting thing to experience."
Eric "Of the Toy Turtle," 48, Port Townsend, Wash. "I got this name because I have a car that is painted like a giant sea turtle. I'm now one of the official turtles of the world."
Stephanie James, 29, Louisville, Ky. "I drove all the way up to Kansas so that I can say that I've not NOT been to Kansas anymore."
Jerry "Uncle Stoney" Newport, 58, Tahlequah, Okla. "Woodstock was much more fun."
Matt Moore, 29, Palm Beach, Fla. "My brother-in-law gave me this shirt because he wanted me to look local."
Josh "Crawdaddy" Levine, 28, Iowa City, Iowa. "I have friends that love going out with me because they like watching people watch me. I'm immune to the stares."