Some Whatever, USA attendees stranded in Colorado after festival

Posted at 10:48 PM, Sep 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-08 10:27:09-04

Travelers trying to make their way home Sunday from Budweiser's Whatever USA — or Crested Butte — faced serious hindrances after a weekend of beer-drinking and partying.

Attendees reported missing their flights, long waits at the airport and missed connections.

"There's literally 1,000 young drunk/hungover kids in this Gunnison, Colo. airport that's the size of a gas station," Taylor Howard, an event attendee, posted Sunday on Twitter.

Authorities in Crested Butte said the actual gathering -- which included concerts, celebrities and, of course, lots and lots of beer -- went off without any major problems. It wasn't until the end when attendees started preparing to leave on chartered jets that the headaches began.

"With more than 1,200 consumers attending Whatever, USA, from all points across the country, it takes time to get through a smaller airport," Nick Kelly, Bud Light spokesman, said in a statement. "We have a process in place to have all of our guests make the return trip home as safely and smoothly as possible."