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Campers find inspiration in Toby Keith’s ‘Solo cup’ song

By Paul Harris

“Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith’s hit summer song, may not typically be considered a love song, but for two Country Stampeders that’s exactly what it is.

“I felt like he had written it for us,” said Wendy Duncan, who lives in Hamburg, Iowa.

In the song, Keith, who will perform Saturday night at the festival, describes his affection for the cheap beverage container. As a result of the song’s popularity, many campers, including Duncan, used red Solo cups as a means of decorating their campground.

The Duncans said they like the song because it evokes memories of going to their favorite local bar and drinking a vodka concoction — which is, of course, served in a red Solo cup.

At the Duncans’ campground, one design involves cups dangling down from the top of a tent, while the other has cups strung around the entire border of one of their tents.

Duncan used fishing line to string them through holes in the cups. For her two designs, Duncan used 125 red Solo cups.

Neither Wendy nor her husband, Randy, can wait to hear Saturday’s headlining act belt out their favorite summer tune.

“We’re gonna go crazy,” Wendy predicted.

The Duncans aren’t the only ones going crazy for the hit song.

Lisa Stratton, Topeka, fell in love with it after watching the music video, though she was already a big fan of Toby Keith.

Like the Duncans, Stratton strung the red cups around the perimeter of her campsite.

It took Stratton nearly one hour to complete it with help from her sister-in-law, who got married during Stampede weekend a few years ago.

The toughest part for the pair was taping the cups around their site. Stratton and her sister-in-law were not tall enough to reach some spots and had to use chairs to make up for their lack of height.

While Stratton used nearly 100 cups to complete her arrangement, there were still plenty left for them to drink with.

“We got plenty more to drink out of,” Stratton said while giggling.

Stratton’s love for the song itself did not stop at the hanging cups. She also hung a poster she made on her camper with a picture of Keith to the right of the infamous cups he sings about.

Stratton also brought the lyrics so the other campers can memorize the words to the song and sing it when Keith performs it.

Her goal is to get Keith to come drink a beer with her after the show.

The idea is not completely far-fetched. Last year at Country Stampede, Stratton met superstar Blake Shelton, who also co-stars on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Once she heard Shelton was coming, Stratton got out a broom and started sweeping to make the place presentable for the country singer.

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