Stagecoach is more than just a country music festival, it is also a chance for oh so many brands to woo country fans and potential customers with handouts.
Here is all the free stuff I picked up on Friday as I cruised around the event, ranked from worst to best.
9Barefoot Wine Stopper
This might have ranked higher if I had a bottle of wine I needed to re-cork at the event.
8Toyota Loyalty Owner Beverage
As the wife owns a Toyota, we were allowed to enter a special area in the owners lounge, where we were treated to a tiny, non-alcoholic drink. It was ok. It was also only 2 gulps.
7Estee Lauder Makeup Touchup
My wife spent a few minutes getting her makeup touched up by Estee Lauder makeup experts topped off with one of those wrap-around 360 photo things they do on fashion shows. She seemed to like it.
6All these bags
Looks like I am good on these bags for a while. Bonus: I used one of them to carry the rest of this stuff.
5Golden Road Bandana
Bandanas are necessary to battle the dust and cough-chella at the Empire Polo field. I opted for the blue, the wife for pink. I will probably use this again at future fests.
This bandana ranks higher as they dipped it into ice water before handing it over – which is refreshing on a hot day in Indio. They do ask for your contact information and email address in order to get one, but I signed up a friend instead. I am sure they will be super excited to start receiving Toyota news and offers in their inbox.
Toyota had a ton of freebies and one of them was popsicles. Once again, it was hot, they were cold. This was a good giveaway.
Okay, these were not edible donuts. Rather, a professional stunt driver took us on a short ride where he did a bunch of donuts in a dirt lot adjacent to the polo field. Bonus: the truck is air conditioned.
Free pack of delicious Red Vines. Yes. All day. Every day.
I am told you can get free Monster Energy drinks and photos inside a Wells Fargo Stagecoach too. As you can see above, I did not find myself in the area where that was happening as I was busy watching 81-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis kill it on the piano.
If there’s anything I missed, let me know in the comments.
Cactus Hugs is out at Stagecoach all weekend. Be sure to check back for recaps and updates.