Four-day Stampede to feature Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band and more

By Jelani Yancey

You’re likely to see more red plastic cups than you could ever imagine as well as the man who consecrated them in song at this year’s Country Stampede.

The four-day music fest, sponsored by Big 94.5, begins Thursday and runs through Sunday at Tuttle Creek State Park.

Headliner and multi-platinum artist Toby Keith, whose 2011 ditty “Red Solo Cup” has become the anthem for keggers everywhere, will perform at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The main-stage lineup also includes Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Travis Tritt, John Michael Montgomery, Jerrod Niemann and many more. Attendees can also enjoy food and merchandise vendors and an arts and crafts show.

Now in its 17th year, Stampede is the biggest annual music festival in Kansas. In 2011, it drew about 160,000 people.

With so many people in one place, Stampede officials have offered the following tips to help fans have a safe, fun experience:

1. Take care of yourself

Since this is an outdoor event, some simple precautions must be taken to ensure a safe and happy weekend, but in the excitement of the event these things can be easy to overlook.  Drink plenty of water.  Bottled water is available at all of our pop and beer stands and free potable water is available at the water buffalos located around the festival grounds.  Also, don’t forget your sunscreen!  You will be spending a lot of time under the sun.  Applying sunscreen will prevent you from becoming one of those poor unfortunate lobster people that we see walking around every year!


2. Pack smart

The old saying that, “if you don’t like the weather in Kansas, just stick around” is very true.  While we expect that the weather will be warm and sunny it’s a good idea to pack for everything from cooler temperatures to rain just in case.


3. Come early

Coming early in the day has a lot of advantages.  Arriving before the big evening rush ensures you a better parking spot, getting parked faster, and if going general admission it allows you to get a closer place to set up your lawn chair.  Coming early also allows you time to experience all the cool activities and vendor exhibits at Stampede, not to mention all the great entertainment you would otherwise miss out on.  Gates open at 4pm on Thursday and 1pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Parking lots open at 8am.


4. Familiarize yourself with the rules

Check out and read our Tips, FAQ, and Camping Rules & Regulations before you come.  There is a lot of great information on there about what you can and cannot bring to the festival, and other important festival policies.


5. Have fun and be safe

Our aim is to put on a show that will leave you with unforgettably great memories.  We need your help to make sure that happens, and following these tips and our rules and regulations is the best way help us accomplish that goal.

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