Business is booming at Jam Ranch

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MACK, Colo. (KKCO) -- All good things must come to an end, and that rings true for all Country Jam fans as the festival finished up Sunday.

One of the busiest spots at the festival, Jam Ranch.

There were more than 60 vendors out on Jam Ranch, and longtime vendors said the weekend made for some pretty good sales.

“Well, I started out with five, six, seven dozen and probably have two left,” said Barbie Kalwitz, with Cactus Flower Hats.

Jam Ranch had it all, food, drinks, and of course, some cowboy hats.

"My best seller is this hat I’m looking at, I’m wearing. It’s called ford, it’s made out of corn husks, it’s completely indestructible,” said Kalwitz.

Barbie Kalwitz has been selling hats for 22 years at the festival.

“This year is pretty awesome,” said Kalwitz.

While most were trying to beat the heat, Kalwitz thinks it worked in her favor.

“It’s been so hot this year, and everyone needs a hat," she said.

Cowboy hats weren’t the only thing flying off the shelves.

“We go through about 200 alcohol bottles a night,” said Kaci Copeland, with Jack Daniel’s Experience.

As we all know, booze is a big part of the party weekend.

“It’s packed, there are a lot of people. For the headliners at night, it gets really packed, we get our lines back, there’s a big crowd, and you can’t see past people,” said Copeland.

But, it doesn’t come cheap.

“A big mug is $13.50 and a small one is $8.50,” said Copeland.

Copeland said the trick is to fill them up fast.

“We try and move people as fast as we can, and get faster at making drinks and pushing people through, so they don’t have to wait as long," she said.

New this year, Country Jam went cashless.

“We punch the buttons and its automatic, instant, it takes so much less time,” said Kalwitz.

Thomas Rhett took to the stage and wrapped up the festival.

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