Stampede lease extended 5 years

By The Mercury

Country Stampede is staying in Manhattan through 2017.

Officials of the annual music and camping festival announced a new five-year lease with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, which was actually signed a couple of months ago.

Wayne Rouse, president of Country Stampede, said he wanted to dispel the myth that the festival was moving. “We had it in progress for a while,” he said. “We heard rumors that we were relocating, and that’s obviously not true.”

Country Stampede takes place the last full weekend in June at Tuttle Creek State Park. Some of country music’s biggest stars have performed since the first festival was held in 1996.

The lease starts with this year’s Stampede, which takes place June 27-30. Headliners will include Trace Adkins, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean and the Pistol Annies, featuring Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley.

Rouse said festival officials never considered moving Stampede. He said the Tuttle Creek camping grounds are important for the festival experience, and some artists have complimented the location.

“We love Manhattan,” he said. “It’s a great community. The lake is a great place to have it.”

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