What to expect and bring to ROMP 2021

After 2020 killing all live music and concerts across the nation, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is hosting ROMP 2021! This is the 17th year for the festival to return to Yellow Creek Park.

Bluegrass music and art lovers across the nation will head to Owensboro, KY September 15 through Saturday, September 18. While the pandemic is ongoing, organizers did announce that they will be requiring proof of vaccination or a negative result within 72 hours of entering the festival to be admitted. Executive Director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Chris Joslin talks about the decision in the video above.

The Lineup

Source: ROMP fest


There are many ticket options available. Check out all available tickets online or stop at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum to purchase there.

This year ROMP is offering Pre-Festival Check-in to reduce lines at the gate. This option is only available to those with proof of vaccination. If you decide to check in early, you should bring proof of COVID Vaccination, your ID, and a valid 2021 ROMP ticket. Early check-in will happen at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum located at 311 W. 2nd St. in Owensboro, Ky at the following dates and times:

  • September 7 – Noon – 4 pm
  • September 8 – Noon – 4 pm
  • September 9 – Noon – 4 pm
  • September 10 – 2 – 5:30 pm
  • September 11 – 11 am – 4 pm

ROMP for beginners

For those that haven’t been to ROMP, get ready for a good time! There are definitely ways to make the experience as fun as possible, however. We’ve made a list of things to bring to ROMP if you’re going for one day only.

Dancing Shoes

And by dancing shoes, we mean comfy ones.

Festival wear

When the sun goes down, bring out some LED necklaces, tennis shoes, or hats even. Anything that glows in the dark should be fun. Have fun with it!


You can actually bring all your meals if you want, but keep in mind that there will be some really good food vendors on site.


You’ll probably want some food from a vendor, trust us. Plus you can get merch.

Neck Wallet

You’ll probably want to keep your money and valuables secure and organized. You might want to invest in a neck wallet lanyard for easy access, too. You can find them online.

Water Bottle

Stay hydrated, folks! ROMP is as fun as it is hot. And it can get really hot! Many festival goers splurge for Camelback Backpacks.

Lawn Chair

You’ll definitely want to bring a lawn chair. Chairs with built-in head coverings are not allowed.

Rain Gear

Be sure to check the 14News First Alert app for the latest weather update for the day you plan to attend. Set your phone for weather alerts at ‘42303’


We’re not your momma but just wear it. You’ll thank us later.

Cleansing Wipes

After a day in the sun, it’s nice to feel fresh going into the night performances and afterparty. Think about packing some baby wipes or body wipes to wipe down.

Portable phone charger

This one is pretty self-explanatory. You’ll need your phone for photos and to find your lost friends.

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