RHINELANDER - Ten years ago, an experience turned into an idea.
"I was setting up a pop up camper with my buddies. We were going camping and I had a beer in my hand and I set it down on the [camper]. It was about bar height, and I thought 'this would be a better bar than a camper,'" said Jeff Mrozek.
And thus Mrozek's portable tiki bar was born.
Two years ago a friend of his was selling a beat up camper on Facebook, thinking the buyer could turn it into an ice shack.
"I said, 'I got a better idea,'" said Mrozek.
Setting the bar up takes about a half an hour. Once it's complete with parrots and barstools, anyone is welcome.
"People just stop by and they say, 'this is cool' and I'll say, 'do you want a piña colada?'" said Mrozek.
Since Mrozek isn't an official vendor, drinks are on the house.
And with a campsite in a prime location, Mrozek and his friends are making Hodag Country Festival about more than just the music.
"We're kind of in the middle. So everybody stops in, take a load off, has a bite to eat before they have a few alcoholic beverages," said Karl Reinke.
Mrozek brings the tiki bar to other festivals or just sets it up the driveway for a relaxing evening. But of all the places the bar goes, he says Hodag is his favorite because of the atmosphere and community it creates each year.