Heartland Stampede Music Festival
The Heartland Stampede Music Festival is an outdoor country music and camping festival held at Heartland Motorsports Park, south of Topeka, Kansas. Formerly known as the Country Stampede, the festival has been held annually since 1996, on the last weekend in June.
|Heartland Stampede Music Festival|
|Dates||June 24-26, 2021|
|Location(s)||Topeka, KS (2019)|
Manhattan, KS (1996–2018)
Sparta, KY (2003–2004)
|Founded by||Wayne Rouse|
The festival was held at Tuttle Creek State Park outside Manhattan, Kansas, from its founding in 1996 to 2018. The 2019 festival was moved to Topeka, initially due to potential flood conditions at Tuttle Creek Lake. Organizers announced the move would be permanent on June 20, 2019. Organizers also announced the name of the festival was changed to Heartland Stampede in advance of the 2020 festival.
Country Stampede in Manhattan (1996–2018)Edit
The Country Stampede festival was the largest annual music festival in Kansas while in Manhattan. Total combined attendance for all days exceeded 170,000 – in 2012 it was approximately 175,000. The record for largest single-day attendance was set on June 23, 2012, when an estimated 55,000 fans watched Toby Keith perform.
The festival began as a three-day weekend event, and then for several years was expanded to a four-day format, lasting from Thursday through Sunday. Camping was common for attendees, and 2,400 camp sites were available on the grounds. Vendors, and many activities were also present at the festival.
Starting in 2016, the festival reverted to a three-day format. The Thursday night kickoff party was expanded into a full-day format, while Sunday was dropped from the weekend. Festival President Wayne Rouse said the decision would allow attendees a day off to recover and travel. The new format was well-received, and Rouse indicated the change would be permanent.
Notable musical artists performing at the festival in Manhattan include:
- Jason Aldean
- Gary Allan
- Dierks Bentley
- Big & Rich
- Clint Black
- Brooks and Dunn
- Brothers Osborne
- Kane Brown
- Luke Bryan
- Chris Cagle
- Deana Carter
- Charlie Daniels Band
- Kenny Chesney
- Cross Canadian Ragweed
- Sara Evans
- Florida Georgia Line
- Pat Green
- Faith Hill
- Julianne Hough
- Alan Jackson
- Toby Keith
- Miranda Lambert
- Chris LeDoux
- Little Big Town
- Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Maddie & Tae
- Martina McBride
- Delbert McClinton
- Reba McEntire
- Tim McGraw
- Montgomery Gentry
- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
- Old Dominion
- Brad Paisley
- Rascal Flatts
- Thomas Rhett
- LeAnn Rimes
- Darius Rucker
- Sawyer Brown
- Mark Selby (musician)
- Chris Stapleton
- Steve Miller Band
- Taylor Swift
- Keith Urban
- Phil Vassar
- Clay Walker
- Hank Williams, Jr.
- Mark Wills
- Gretchen Wilson
- Trisha Yearwood
- Dwight Yoakam
- Brett Young
- Zac Brown Band
- ZZ Top
Heartland Stampede in Topeka (2019–present)Edit
Move to Topeka and 2019 festivalEdit
In May 2019, after severe rains caused increased water levels at Tuttle Creek Lake Dam, the organizers of Country Stampede announced on their Facebook page that the festival would move to Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka for the June 2019 event as a measure to "ensure all of [the] concert goers will be out of harm's way".
Despite reassurances from the festival organizers on their FAQ page that the event would not permanently move from Manhattan, on June 20th, hours before the festival began, Country Stampede officials and leaders from the City of Topeka announced that the festival would permanently move to Heartland Motorsports Park for three additional years, renaming the festival to "Heartland Stampede", and terminating their contract with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism to host the event at Tuttle Creek Lake State Park.
Planned 2020 festival and cancellationEdit
In September of 2019, officials from the festival announced that Toby Keith, Luke Combs, and Cody Johnson would be the headlining performers for the 2020 festival, which was scheduled to take place from June 25th through the 27th.
In March of 2020, Heartland Stampede announced through their Facebook page that a local credit union, Azura, had become the new title sponsor for the 2020 festival.
In April, organizers stated that the event would still go on, but later backpedaled and cancelled the event entirely due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas, even after attempting to reschedule the event. An FAQ from the event stated that tickets purchased for the 2020 event would be automatically transferred to the 2021 event, unless purchasers accessed a form and requested a refund between the cancellation date of April 30th and May 31st.
In September 2020, the event, now renamed to "Country Stampede at the Heartland", announced that it would be partnering with a local company, VAERUS Aviation, to bring an airshow called "Thunder Over the Heartland" to the event on the final day of the 2021 festival, June 26th, as well as an additional day on Sunday the 27th, with attendees to "Country Stampede" receiving free shuttle transport between Heartland Motorsports Park and Topeka Regional Airport for the airshow, the 190th Air Refueling Wing based at Topeka Regional would be participating, as well as that individual tickets would go on sale immediately for people wishing to see the airshow, but are not attending the festival. The announcement also included an announcement that headlining artists at the 2021 event would be Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, and Riley Green.
Notable musical artists performing at the festival in Topeka include:
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- Official Website
- Heartland Stampede facebook page
- Former Country Stampede website
- Former Country Stampede myspace profile