What do an oversized tailpipe, a power saw, and a 19-year old girl have in common? Nothing, normally. But add booze and a country music festival into the equation and now there’s a strangely hilarious story to tell...
Just ask Kaitlyn Strom, who, over the weekend at the Winstock Country Music Festival in Winsted, Minnesota, stuck her head into said oversized tailpipe, only to get stuck (of course), and have firefighters use a power saw to remove the tailpipe and get her out.
“We were just all having fun and I saw this big exhaust pipe and I was like, ‘Hey, my head could probably fit in that,’” Strom told local news, the Hutchinson Leader, “so I tried it. It did fit, but it didn’t want to come back out.”
Upon being freed from the exhaust pipe prison, Strom was examined by medical personnel and although she was fine after the incident, she was cited for underage drinking and asked to leave the festival by local police. Bummer, because the Winstock featured country luminaries like Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne (check out our Rocket Country podcast episode with the duo here), and others. But she was there in spirit, as a video posted about her intimate encounter with a tailpipe has since gone viral with nearly 3 million views.
And after the incident, Strom owned up to her mistake by posting a photo of herself to Facebook with the truck in question and the amputated tailpipe in her arms. She captioned the photo: “Yeah I’m the tail pipe girl, whatchu know about it? #winstock2k18kickedmyass.”
The photo also shows the reported owner of the truck, flashing a thumbs up. And speaking to the Hutchinson Leader, Strom revealed that there were no hard feelings. “I did not know him, but everyone who was around me knew him,” she said. “He was wonderful. I remember getting my head unstuck, and I just looked at him and apologized, and he said, ‘No, I’m just glad you’re OK. Don’t worry about it.’ He has already fixed his exhaust and is going to be working on that. I did not have to pay for anything like that, because he was absolutely wonderful.”
Sure, equally if not weirder things that have happened at music festivals in the past, like that one time a naked wizard walked around Coachella (NSFW), the girl who got intimate with a tree (maybe NSFW?), or the poor woman who was stuck in a porta potty.
And like the festivalgoers before her who made questionable decisions, Strom learned a valuable lesson from the whole ordeal, which she told to the Hutchinson Leader: “To not stick my head in a tailpipe.”