Along with Preakness going on May 21, InfieldFest coincided for some extra entertainment and perhaps just to attract a larger crowd. Starting in 2010, it was added for the specific purpose of bringing in more crowds due to a specific bring-your-own-alcohol ban that was set in 2009. Attendance dropped, so event runners wanted a way to bring audiences back.
This year, a variety of artists performed on the Budweiser and Jagermeister stages, appropriately named given the event’s history. Country artists such as Corey Smith and Chris Janson performed, along with DJs The Chainsmokers and Frank Walker. Adding even more diversity, pop rock band All Time Low performed, as well as trap musician Fetty Wap.
Fans dug their shoes deep into the mud to see each of these performers, who had a fair hour and fifteen minute set a piece. While they waited for acts, various booths for gambling for the races were set up, as well as different food concessions, merchandise stands, the works. In fact, during All Time Low’s set, two of the band members asked for a specific food to be brought to them from the stands, and fans actually brought it back to them.
There was a mix of fans for each act as well as just random event goers. No one there let the rain or ponchos get in their way as they enjoyed each performance.