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Stampede closes with Chris Young, Jana Kramer and more

By Brady Bauman

For many Country Stampeders, this Monday morning was tougher than average. But then again, that will happen after four straight days of music, beer, camping and late-night parties.

The biggest country music festival in the region closed Sunday at Tuttle Creek State Park with performances by Greg McDougal, Jana Kramer, Charlie Worsham, Dustin Lynch, and the day’s headliner, Chris Young.

Kramer, the festival’s lone female artist for Stampede’s main stage, braved the sweltering heat in mid-afternoon. Rains, which swept through Manhattan off and on the previous three days, created plenty of humidity on Sunday, but fans still crowded the concert grounds.

Kramer — who was a late audition who replaced Sarah Darling — soldiered on and kept the energy high.

She performed “Why Ya Wanna,” a hit that reached No. 3 on the country charts, and also her new single, “Love,” which was released this year.

The former “One Tree Hill” and “Friday Night Lights” actress also did a few covers, including Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” and a medley of ‘90s country hits from artists like Shania Twain.

“She was awesome,” a group of friends from Topeka, Hutchinson and Missouri, said after Kramer. “We’ve heard her on the radio. She was great and fun.”

Attendance numbers for this year’s Stampede have yet to be released, but Stampede officials said the festival posted record crowds each day.

This was the first year campsites were completely sold out — even with additional camping spots festival officials cleared the week before.

On Saturday officials announced Blake Shelton, singer and host of the TV show “The Voice” will be one of the headliners for the 20th Country Stampede next summer.

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