Mailbag: Parking reserved for VIPs during Jammin’ with the General events

We attended the last Jammin’ with the General. When we tried to park in lot behind the old Bank of America, a gate guard told us we had to have a ticket. I said, “OK, where do we get a ticket?” He said they were all gone. What’s up with this? Do only special people get to park here? What are the rules for getting to be a special person? Why is this not posted somewhere?
Aug 2, 2014

Dear Mailbag,

We attended the last Jammin’ with the General. When we tried to park in lot behind the old Bank of America, a gate guard told us we had to have a ticket. I said, “OK, where do we get a ticket?” He said they were all gone. What’s up with this? Do only special people get to park here? What are the rules for getting to be a special person? Why is this not posted somewhere?

Kenneth Davis

Lebanon

Kenneth, 

To answer this question, The Democrat reached out to Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce president Sue Vanatta. The chamber organizes and puts on Jammin’ with the General each year. 

She said the guard was a volunteer helping with parking, and the parking lot in question was for VIP guests. 

“The VIP guests had tickets due to their payment of a sponsorship for the event,” Vanatta said. “We had three levels of sponsorship.” 

She said the number of VIP parking passes each sponsor received was based on the sponsorship level. 

“This was put in all of our promotion materials and announced on WANT several times,” Vanatta said. “We had three Jammin’ events last year and three this year, and the same procedure was followed for all six. The lot behind Bank of America was the only lot reserved for VIP, and that is why we had people working the lot.  

“We tried our best to make sure we had other areas available for parking. I am sorry the bank lot wasn’t available for the person inquiring, but we try our best to follow our published guidelines.”

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