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Winstock Country Music and Camping Festival

Winstock Country Music Festival, which is the first major music festival of the summer, has happened the last 20 years in June at the festival grounds in Winsted.

Commemorating both its 20th anniversary and its first-ever sellout crowd in 2013, the annual country music and camping festival shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Dubbed Minnesota’s best country music camping vacation, Winstock becomes a small community of its own to kick the summer off right.

The volunteer-run Winstock Country Music Festival began in 1994 as a fundraiser for Holy Trinity Catholic School in Winsted. Headlining artists the first year were Waylon Jennings, Crystal Gayle, and Winsted native Paulette Carlson. Originally at the Winsted Municipal Airport, organizers moved the festival across the street to the current site in 1998.

The Emerging Artist Stage made its debut at Winstock in 2005, providing sets from Nashville’s hottest up-and-coming artists between main stage performances. Some of the artists who have graced the Emerging Artist Stage include Sugarland (‘05), Little Big Town (‘06), Lady Antebellum (‘08), and Randy Houser (‘09).

A permanent 24-foot-tall stage structure, built by RAM Buildings of Winsted in 2007, became the venue for artists like Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and many others to sing their hits to the Winstock audience. In 2013, reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan headlined the 20th anniversary celebration.

A reserved seating section was also added behind the VIP area in 2007. Additional camping options were added to the festival in 1999, 2005, and again in 2009 with the addition of Campground E.

“Winstock would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers we get every year to help us put on our festival,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Committee Chairman Dave Danielson. “It’s a 100-percent volunteer effort, and without a lot of good people, we wouldn’t have made it this far.”

The 2014 festival brings Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts to town to headline the 21st Winstock Friday and Saturday, June 13-14. Also appearing include Justin Moore, Mel Tillis, Billy Currington, Danielle Bradbery, Ashley Monroe, Jerrod Niemann, Chase Rice, and others.

Tickets and more information

Tickets to Winstock ‘14 are on sale, and can be purchased online at shop.winstockfestival.com or by calling 888-946-7865. Winstock’s VIP seating, along with campgrounds A, B, and E are sold out.

Winstock ‘13 was a complete sellout for the first time in its history, and organizers anticipate the same could easily happen in 2014. Fans are encouraged to place ticket orders early to guarantee their tickets and camp sites. General admission tickets cost $90 through the April 13 earlybird deadline; reserved seating is $160, and camping passes are $95.

In Winsted, general admission tickets to Winstock ‘14 are available at Glenn’s Supervalu, Keaveny Drug, Keg’s Bar, and the Blue Note Ballroom-Bar and Restaurant for the early-bird price of $90 through April 13.

Stay in the know by signing up for Winstock E-mail news, and watch for updates on Facebook, Twitter, and at www.winstockfestival.com.