The Kicker Country Stampede has sold out of camping sites for the first time in its 19 years of operation.
Festival manager Wayne Rouse said this year’s talent has a lot to do with the enthusiasm surrounding this year’s music festival, which will run June 26-29 at Tuttle Creek State Park.
“We have a great lineup, and I think that has driven a lot of it,” Rouse said. “Country has become more mainstream.”
This year’s Country Stampede is headlined by Luke Bryan and Eric Church on Friday and Saturday night, respectively.
Other big names include Lee Brice, Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Joe Diffie, and 2006 “Nashville Star” TV show winner Chris Young.
Regional talents and emerging national artists also will be featured in the festival.
Rouse declined to say exactly how many camping sites were sold, citing concerns about competition from other music festivals as the reason.
But he did say the number was well into the hundreds.
That will leave many Stampede — including some veteran festivalgoers who previously have been able to wait until the last minute to purchase their campsites — out of luck.
For those still hoping to get a site, though, Rouse said crews were working to create additional space by measuring off areas designated for overflow parking as new spots.
“We’ll use a different area for that overflow,” he said. “If people log on to our website they can be put on a waiting list. Once the spots are measured, we’ll call them. But once we’re out, we’re out.”
Rouse expects to sell out on everything else, too, for this year’s Stampede.
“We’re almost sold out of VIP tickets,” he said. And he said he’s “reasonably certain” the festival will sell out of regular tickets.
“It’s going to be a great year for us,” he said.