We purchased the VIP tickets, as always, and they were well worth the extra cost. We arrived about an hour early and had a quick check-in at the VIP tent then waited in the shade until about 10 til 2. There was kind of a scrum at first, then Chase got us organized into two lines and opened the gates about 5 minutes early.
Once again this year the line to get beer tickets and a beer wristband got stupid once the general admission folks came in. That's the only issue I saw at this whole fest. Seems to me they could pre-check folks for beer IDs and issue those wristbands to folks waiting to get in and cut that long wait down a lot. I know it would be really easy to do for the VIPs and I don't know why they couldn't go down the line waiting for entry and get it done before they come in. That general admission beer line (below) stretched clear across the square and looked like a TSA operation.
Our friends from Meat Fight! were there and seemed to be doing a good business selling meaty swag to benefit the fight against MS. Yay Meat Fight!
We'll be back to Tyler next year for sure! Looking forward to being 4 for 4.