Zwarte Cross - Black Cross: beer, beer and beer and motor crossing
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I think it was April or May when Jos invited me to join him to the Zwarte Cross to work in a bar with the neighbourhood. Ask we to work in a bar and the only answer can be: YES. I never heard of the Zwarte Cross before... Jos send me a link to the official website and I checked it out.
The history of the Zwarte Cross: In 1997 a local band (Jovink & the Voederbietels) from the Achterhoek, farmer region in the east of the Netherlands, started a day with motor crossing just for fun and as a joke. It was illegal. It didn't matter what kind of motorised vehicle you had as long you wanted to drive through the dirt... This day became a big success and the organization decided to do it again the year after. Each year more people participated and more people came to watch this crazy event.
I had a spare weekend from my job in Belgium and came back to the Netherlands. Saturday early morning I took the train to Lichtenvoorde-Groenloo, where Jos picked me up. We had lunch at his house with fresh beans from the garden. After lunch time we took the bicycles (not motorised) to the neighbour (3 km away.
Arriving at 'our' bar we had to prepare for a big party. We worked at a bar only for people who stayed at the campsite, so we had full access to every place of the festival terrain. It was 4pm and the festival continued for a few more hours, so no one partied at our bar... By the time we had dinner (quite good) we had seven people in bar. There was space for a few hundred people...
By 9 pm and maybe 30 guests further our shift was over... A new team came and we were free to go. We got a crew t-shirt and were supposed to hand them back to the organization, but Jos and I decided not to do that.
Now it was time to have a look at the rest of the festival terrain. We checked out the campsite which was a big mess already... Unbelieveble but we saw some fun things. After that we went to the music area where band played. There were different stages and the terrain was a chaos. What should you dress? Boots, old jeans and a t-shirt of the Zwarte Cross. No way to be dressed fancy here, because people throw beer, grass and mud. Some guys did some mud wrestling. Funny to see, but dangerous to come close...
Bathroom facilities were disguisting, but if need to go you need to go. Well, the guys didn't give a damn about where to piss...
Drinks and food were pretty expensive. I bought a slice of pizza and it costed five euros.
After a while we went back to the campsite area and partied in the Tiroler Hutte were some guys invented a new sport: trashcan bowling. They had found a big trashcan, lifted some tables, and slided down into the crowd... Crazy huh? That's actually normal at the Zwarte Cross, things like that! I like it, hahaha. I didn't participated though...
By 2am Jos and I were done partying and went back home. Jos told me, he just biked home in a record time :-) Sorry Jos!
Sunday morning 11am, time to go back to the Zwarte Cross. We had the free tickets and went back, by bike again. No way you could park your car close to the entrance... Today was the most important day: the cross! There were different categories: motorbike, small cars, huge cars, trucks and a few more.
The weather was just perfect! Sunny and hot. We chilled out and watched the cross and a performance of the most famous Achterhoekse band Normaal. Throwing beer is a must here! I think it's just a waste of your beer, so I just drank it...
After a few hours we had to go, because I had to go back to Belgium.
It was a hilarious event. Crazy people, crazy stunts (a guy jumped with his motor cycle from 70m high with static line parachute...), crazy and really good music and what ever else! If you wanna have fun and like doing crazy, you should go to this event!
Jos, thanks for inviting me!! I had a blast :-) Have fun next year!