Country Stampede decided to relocate its event to Topeka due to flooding at Tuttle Creek Lake. This was a wise decision as it centered on public safety and investments. Manhattan stood in support and proved eager to assist in the transition to the new, temporary venue. In fact, that same support has been a constant since the first Country Stampede weekend in 1996.
I don’t fault Country Stampede for considering other options to grow its business. It’s a free market. What is offensive is the complete disregard to the relationships built and the trust earned. This is the community’s damage from the flood of 2019; it’s effect will last for years.