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Winstock ’15 Raffle winners announced

Grand Prize: $15,000 Cash Jen Halberg, Winona, MN
$1,000 Cash Gary Scherping, Winsted, MN
$500 Cash Michael Hammers, Chaska, MN
$100 Cash Mary Jo Kopesky, Winsted, MN
$100 Cash Dave Hoese, Silver Lake, MN
$100 Cash Terry Thorson, Howard Lake, MN
$100 Cash Mike & Julie Rathbun, Darwin, MN
$100 Cash Ron Vorlicek, Silver Lake, MN
$100 Cash Jerry Salonek, Montrose, MN
$100 Cash David Schroeder, Alexandria, MN
$100 Cash Gary Starkson, Lester Prairie, MN
$100 Cash Steve Millerbernd, Winsted, MN
$100 Cash Bernie Hanson, New Hope, MN

Watch www.winstockfestival.com and on Facebook for information on the 2016 raffle when it becomes available. Congratulations to all who won! Raffle proceeds benefit ongoing maintenance and improvements at the Winstock grounds.

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Take a look at the food offerings at Winstock ’15

WINSTED, MN – Each year, the Winstock grounds offer both traditional and unique food and beverage options to help celebrate and enjoy the weekend. Here is a partial peek at what is in store for this year’s event. Come in early and come hungry! All food must be purchased with Winstock vendor tickets, available from our new tickets booths on each side of the festival grounds.

Winstock Food Booth: Walking taco, chicken strips, brats, french fries, cheese curds, deep fried green beans (yes, this is a thing), mac ‘N ‘Jac brew bites, nacho chips and cheese, apple, orange, giant pickles, shakes, coffee, milk, soda, energy drinks.

B’s on the River: Pulled pork sandwiches, gyros, lemonade.

Bobick Concessions: Corn dogs, foot-long hot dogs.

Casey’s General Store (partial listing of offerings): Pastries, Tylenol, Tums, gum, mints, shampoo, other toiletries, bug spray, sunflower seeds, rain ponchos, sun block, lighters, cigarettes, cigars, chew.

Cookies and More: Pizza by the slice, chocolate chip cookies, deep fried reuben bites, cheesy garlic bread, soft pretzels, funnel cakes, cotton candy, potato skins, soft frozen lemonade, coffee.

Culver’s: Double hamburger, double cheeseburger.

Doug’s Kettle Korn: Kettle corn, lemonade.

Garbers’ Meats: Pork chop on a stick, beef sticks.

Gobbler Concessions: Turkey croissants, coffee, hot chocolate, fruit smoothies, iced latte, cappacino, chips.

McLellan’s Concessions: Grilled shrimp on a skewer, bacon-wrapped shrimp on a skewer, popcorn shrimp, Italian sausage hoagie, fresh squeezed lemonade.

Walleye Wagon: Deep fried walleye on a stick, walleye tacos, and deep fried pickles.

Westrum’s Quality Foods: Mini donuts, smoothies, slush.

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IMPORTANT Winstock ’15 schedule modification

WINSTED, MN – The Winstock Country Music Festival campgrounds will be opening for admission at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 11.

For additional artist announcements, sponsor and ticket information, and everything Winstock, visit www.winstockfestival.com, sign up for the Winstock E-mail news, follow the festival on Twitter, and like Winstock on Facebook. More information and tickets are also available by calling 888-946-7865.

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Additional Winstock camping to be offered in 2016

WINSTED, MN – The year 2016 will bring changes to the Winstock Country Music Festival Grounds. After this year’s event, Winstock is no longer able to lease the land that has been used as Campground E due to the City of Winsted purchasing the land for future industrial development.

Winstock has worked diligently over the past year to explore all options to not only replace the sites being lost in Campground E, but also expand camping offerings as the festival has sold out its camping availability the last three years. Campground F will be new in 2016, and will be located west of the Winstock grounds, west of Cable Avenue). The land known as Campground E will not be available in 2016 and beyond.

More shuttle buses will be running from Campground F to the concert grounds. Patrons who have sites in Campground E have received letters noting the process for renewing sites and options for them with this change.

For additional updates on camping at Winstock, watch www.winstockfestival.com, call 888-946-7865, and like Winstock Country Music Festival on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Winstock thanks you for your continued support over the years and looks forward to hosting you for many more summers of country music in Winsted.

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Winstock ’15 artists rake in CMT Video Award nominations

Winstock Country Music Festival ’15 artists raked in the nominations for the 2015 CMT Music Awards May 13.

Congratulations to The Band Perry (group of the year, group video of the year for “Chainsaw”), Eli Young Band (group of the year, group video of the year for “Dust”), Sam Hunt (breakthrough artist, video of the year for “Leave Night Night On” and breakthrough video of the year), and RaeLynn (breakthrough artist of the year, female video of the year, and breakthrough video of the year for “God Made Girls”).

The award show will air live June 10 from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

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Craft beer offerings available at Winstock ’15

WINSTED, MN – Winstock organizers are excited to announce that Enki Brewing and Waconia Brewing Company (WBC) will both be providing additional beverage options at Winstock ’15.

WBC was founded by two families with an entrepreneurial spirit and a love of craft beers. Waconia Brewing started as many breweries have, with the gift of a home brewing kit that fueled a dream to take their passions to the next level. WBC is the realization of that dream, created for all to enjoy.

“You have no idea how excited we are to be serving our beer at Winstock,” said Bob DeLange, COO. “We’re going to have 90k IPA (5 different kinds of hops) and Carver County Kolsch. We’re pretty excited to have been invited out there and to be part of that event.”

ENKI Brewing is the 20+ year culmination of the friendship between two beer lovers. John Hayes and Dan Norton met working for NIKE in the early-80s and a variety of common bonds brought them together. Including, but certainly not limited to, their venture to discover new and interesting beers. The dynamic duo consistently discussed their dream of opening their own brewery over the years, even as their lives took different directions and chapters. In August of 2012, John and Dan decided to take the keg into their own hands, and ENKI Brewing Company was born.

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Winstock Early Bird Deadline Extended

Due to confusion with the early-bird deadline date, Winstock has extended the early-bird pricing through the end of the day Wednesday, April 15, with the early-bird period now ending at midnight Wednesday, April 15. Any patrons purchasing tickets online that were charged more than the early-bird prices will be refunded the difference. Winstock apologizes for the confusion and looks forward to spending the best days of summer with you June 12-13! Thanks always for your continued support.

CLICK HERE to order tickets online or call 888-946-7865.

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Winstock ’15 lineup is now complete

WINSTED, MN – With the addition of emerging artist Michael Ray, the Winstock Country Music Festival lineup for 2015 is now complete. Ray continues the journey from tiny Eustis, Florida, to the big time with the release of his first single “Kiss You In The Morning” from his forthcoming Warner Bros. Records album due spring of 2015. He arrives with fans in the know already numbering in the thousands, the ability to sell out large clubs in presale and the promise of a future star.

Ray completes the lineup already featuring Alabama, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Gary Allan, Eli Young Band, Sam Hunt, Dan + Shay, Jana Kramer, RaeLynn, The Railers, Chris Hawkey, Lost Highway, Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band, and Drop Tailgate.

VIP tickets, along with camping, are sold out for 2015, however general admission ($100 through early-bird deadline of April 13), a limited amount of reserved seating ($165) remain available. CLICK HERE to order online or call 888-946-7865.

For More Information

For additional artist announcements, sponsor and ticket information, and everything Winstock, visitwww.winstockfestival.com, sign up for the Winstock E-mail news, follow the festival on Twitter, and like Winstock on Facebook. More information and tickets are also available by calling 888-946-7865.

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Winstock ’15 artists receive ACM noms

ENCINO, CA – Several Winstock Country Music Fesitval artists have received nominations for the 50th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, which will be April 19 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Band Perry, which will perform Saturday night at Winstock ’15, received a nod for Vocal Group of the Year. Dan + Shay, which will also perform Saturday at Winstock, has been nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year, in addition to being named a semifinalist for New Artist of the Year. Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band, which will perform Saturday, June 13 at Winstock, has been nominated for Vocal Event of the Year with The Cadillac Three (Feat. Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Eli) for “The South.”

Fans will once again help select the winner of the New Artist of the Year. As previously announced, Winstock ’15 artists Sam Hunt and Dan + Shay are semi-finalists for this year’s ACM New Artist of the Year Award. The top eight artists from the first round of ACM professional voting will compete via fan vote at VoteACM.com and voteacm.CMT.com, combined with the ACM professional membership vote, to determine the three nominees for the award. An additional combined fan and professional membership vote will determine the winner.

Camping passes to Winstock ’15 sold out earlier this month, but plenty of General Admission and Reserved seating remain available to spend the best days of summer June 12-13 at the Winstock Country Music Festival with Alabama, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Gary Allan, Eli Young Band, Sam Hunt, Dan + Shay, Jana Kramer, RaeLynn, The Railers, Chris Hawkey, Lost Highway, Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band, and Drop Tailgate.

VIP tickets, along with camping, are sold out for 2015, however general admission ($100 through early-bird deadline of April 13), a limited amount of reserved seating ($165) remain available. CLICK HERE to order online or call 888-946-7865.

For More Information

For additional artist announcements, sponsor and ticket information, and everything Winstock, visitwww.winstockfestival.com, sign up for the Winstock E-mail news, follow the festival on Twitter, and like Winstock on Facebook. More information and tickets are also available by calling 888-946-7865.

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Camping passes are going fast . . . order now before they are gone

A limited number of camping passes and weekend reserved seating remain available to spend the best days of summer June 12-13 at the Winstock Country Music Festival with Alabama, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Gary Allan, Eli Young Band, Sam Hunt, Dan + Shay, Jana Kramer, The Railers, Chris Hawkey, Lost Highway, Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band, and Drop Tailgate.

VIP tickets, along with Campgrounds A,B, C, and E are sold out for 2015, however general admission ($100 through early-bird deadline of April 13), a limited amount of reserved seating ($165), and limited camping sites ($100) remain available. CLICK HERE to order online or call 888-946-7865.

As heard earlier this week on K102, RaeLynn has also been added to the Winstock emerging artist stage lineup and will perform two sets Saturday, June 13. Just like her musical hero Dolly Parton, RaeLynn embraces her country roots with a flash of pizazz. Taste of Country insists, “fans of every age will find a trio of lyrics to get behind with ‘God Made Girls.’”

Winstock ’15 Campsite Decorating Contest
If you are camping at Winstock ’15, plan ahead and be prepared to decorate your campsite according to this year’s theme: the Alabama hit “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You’ve Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band).” The grand prize in this year’s campsite decorating contest will be provided by Midwest Machinery, and will be awarded to the overall best-decorated campsite based on this year’s theme: Full campsite decorating contest rules and additional Winstock ’15 promotion information may be found at www.winstockfestival.com.

Winstock ’15 Rumble on the Road

In celebration of Winstock’s 22nd year, we are taking to the road in preparation for one of the best festivals yet! Visit these bars for top-notch music, drink specials, and visits from favorite radio personalities as we gear up for Winstock 2015. Of course, a few Winstock tickets and CDs from your favorite artists may be given away at these events, as well. Mark your calendars and plan on making a stop at the Winstock 2015 Rumble on the Road!


For More Information

For additional artist announcements, sponsor and ticket information, and everything Winstock, visitwww.winstockfestival.com, sign up for the Winstock E-mail news, follow the festival on Twitter, and like Winstock on Facebook. More information and tickets are also available by calling 888-946-7865.



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Alabama, Jake Owen announced as Winstock ‘15 headliners

Winsted, Minnesota will be all about Alabama at the Winstock Country Music Festival June 12-13, 2015.

“We’re very excited how our lineup has come together for our twenty-second year,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Committee Chairman Dave Danielson. “This year’s lineup ranges from one of the most successful country bands ever to today’s top country stars as well as the new emerging artists.”

The supergroup amassed 21 straight number-one singles – a record likely to never be equaled in any genre. The band is part of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The Alabama legacy, and certainly the hit songs, speaks for itself.

Tickets for the two-day music and camping festival in Winsted went on sale recently, and a large share of the artists who will be appearing were also announced the morning of Oct. 28 on air by K102.

The Winstock ‘15 lineup has been specifically tailored to appeal to a wide range of Winstock fans, Danielson said.

“Artists like Friday headliner Jake Owen, The Band Perry, and Dan + Shay will appeal to our younger demographic, while Gary Allan and, of course Alabama, will appeal to our fans who have been with us since day one,” he said. “We’re very excited how our lineup has come together for our twenty-second year and are excited to see the audience it will bring together to enjoy the music.”

Regional favorite Chris Hawkey will kick things off on the main stage Friday night. The frontman to the band Rocket Club, which hit the Billboard charts three times, Hawkey brings a dynamic stage presence that is the perfect fit to get things underway.

“I grew up in the Garth Brooks era of bringing the show to the people,” said the man whose daytime gig is producer and co-host of the Power Trip Morning Show on KFAN Radio. “I love it when I hear someone say my shows are high energy, and they’re like a big party.”

Winstock fans will be quick to fall in “Love” with Jana Kramer, who will take the main stage following Hawkey.

Kramer is one of the most successful new female artists to emerge in the last few years. The Michigan native was named the Academy of Country Music’s 2013 new female vocalist of the year, and her latest single, “Love,” aptly shows her confidence in where she is at in both her life and career.

Southern-California born and raised Gary Allan, with hits like “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain” and “Watching Airplanes” has been exploring the thorns since the beginning of his musical life. However, his latest offering, “Set You Free,” journeys from darkness to light, which has mirrored Allan’s own life.

“I seem to gravitate musically toward wherever I’m at in my life at that time,” Allan said. “And I’m in a real good place.”

Even though Minnesota is heading into those cold months, summertime is seemingly always on Jake Owen’s mind with his latest, and fifth, number-one hit “Beachin’.”

The Florida native has become one of country music’s leading male vocalists, with four consecutive number-one hits.

“When Jake performed at Winstock in 2010, we knew that at some point he would be brought back to the Winstock stage as a headliner,” Danielson said. “He nailed it out of the park for us then and his career has been continuously growing since.”

Saturday afternoon at Winstock will feature one of the hottest acts to recently emerge – Dan + Shay.

Already nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s vocal duo of the year, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney are poised to be country music’s next dynamic duo. Debut single “19 You + Me” was the most added debut at country radio in 2013 and, as they transition into 2015, the most exciting chapter of the Dan + Shay story is yet to be written.

The Eli Young Band will provide the perfect transition to keep the music flowing all daySaturday at Winstock ’15. Winstock organizers are excited the “Dust” hitmakers from Texas will bring their signature sound to Winsted.

“The Band Perry is another band we have been looking to book at Winstock for several years,” Danielson said of the band that will take the stage before Alabama. “We really feel they are going to bring something unique and very high-energy to the Winstock stage.”

Since releasing their self-titled debut record in 2010, The Band Perry has ascended to dizzying heights. Fronted by Kimberly Perry and younger brothers Neil and Reid, the band has notched a string of hits including “If I Die Young,” “You Lie,” “All Your Life,” and “Better Dig Two.”

The trio’s latest offering, “Pioneer,” allows them to bring the romantic mystique of bands back to music.

Alabama, featuring Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook, will close the show Saturday night. Literally the band that changed everything, the group brought a youthful energy and rocking edge that broadened country music’s audience and opened the door to self-contained bands.

Seventy-three million albums and more than 30 number-one hits later, the band is enjoying its second run in the spotlight.

Also appearing at Winstock ’15 includes “Leave the Night On” hitmaker Sam Hunt, The Railers, Lost Highway, Chris Hawkey, Drop Tailgate, and Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band, with more acts still to be announced.

For complete biographies on the bands signed to perform at Winstock ‘15, follow the “Artists” link fromwww.winstockfestival.com.

Looking ahead to Winstock ‘15

As in the recent past, VIP tickets to Winstock ‘15 sold out at this year’s event. Campgrounds A and B are also sold out, however plenty of options are available to attend and camp at Winstock.

“This is one not to miss,” Danielson said. “We’ve learned a lot, not just last year with the weather issues, but over the last 22 years, and we continue to grow as a festival and are confident this is going to be one of our best yet.”

Tickets are now on sale for the best two-day country music and camping vacation that kicks the summer off right. VIP tickets, along with Campgrounds A and B, sold out at the 2014 event for 2015, however plenty of general admission ($100 through early-bird deadline of April 13), reserved seating ($165), and camping sites ($100) remain available. CLICK HEREto order online or call 888-946-7865.

“We do anticipate the campgrounds to again sell out, so plan ahead if you are coming to Winstock and purchase your camping pass when you buy your tickets,” Danielson recommended.

Dates for the Winstock Rumble on the Road, which features ticket giveaways, radio station promotions, and great local live music will be announced in the near future, as will the 2015 campsite decorating contest theme.

For additional artist announcements, sponsor and ticket information, and everything Winstock, visit www.winstockfestival.com, sign up for the Winstock E-mail news, follow the festival onTwitter, and like Winstock on Facebook. More information and tickets are also available by calling 888-946-7865.

“As always, we can’t thank enough the folks who have volunteered at and continue to attend Winstock year after year,” Danielson said. “We also welcome those new to our festival and will make them feel right at home.”

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In less than one week . . .

Winstock Country Music Festival organizers are excited to announce the 2015 artist lineup will be unveiled the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 28 by Chris Carr and Company of K102 and other radio stations across the state. Winstock ’15 will take place in Winsted, MN June 12-13, and the 2015 lineup has been tailored to appeal to a wide range of Winstock fans.

“We’re very excited how our lineup has come together for our twenty-second year,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Committee Chairman Dave Danielson. “This year’s lineup ranges from one of the most successful country bands ever to today’s top country stars as well as the new emerging artists.”

Tickets are now on sale for the best two-day country music and camping vacation that kicks the summer off right. VIP tickets, along with Campgrounds A and B, sold out at the 2014 event for 2015, however plenty of general admission ($100 through early-bird deadline of April 13), reserved seating ($165), and camping sites ($100) remain available. CLICK HERE to order online or call 888-946-7865.

Tune in to K102 the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 28 for the lineup announcement, and follow the countdown to the unveiling at www.winstockfestival.com. Additional updates and information may be found by “liking” Winstock Country Music Festival on Facebook and following @WinstockMN on Twitter.

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A message to our fans

Dear Winstock Fans:

Saturday presented us with many challenges, courtesy of Mother Nature. In our 21-year history, this is the first time we have ever had to cancel multiple performances and deal with ongoing and threatening conditions throughout the day and evening. During our “off season,” we will be discussing how to keep you, the audience, better informed as to the conditions we are fighting and the decisions being made. The conditions and decisions affect you as much as they do us and we will improve our communication with you. Social media, more live announcements, and better use of the big screens will be reviewed. Hopefully future Winstock events will be sun-drenched and all shows will go on as planned. However, in the event of future disruptions, we will take steps to keep you all in the loop. We want to thank you for your continued support, understanding, and patronage over the last 21 years. See you next June 12-13! – Winstock Country Music Festival Committee

WINSTOCK ’14 RECAP:Toby Keith was Winstock’s hero Saturday night, performing more than an hour-and-a-half in the rain at the 21st annual Winstock Country Music Festival in Winsted.
Sets from country artists Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann, and Katie Armiger were canceled due to lightning, rain, and strong winds that hit the area Saturday. Other performances from Tim Sigler, Roadhouse 6, Ashley Monroe, and Mel Tillis went off as scheduled. The rainy day Saturday was a stark contrast to the picture-perfect Friday night that featured Chase Rice, Rascal Flatts, Billy Currington, Danielle Bradbery, Maiden Dixie, and Roadhouse 6.

PHOTOS: Photos from Winstock 2014 may be found HERE.

WINSTOCK ’15 TICKET NOTE: Call 888-946-7865 until Wednesday, June 25 to reserve your tickets for 2015 now. Tickets for Winstock ’15 will go on-sale again this fall. Winstock 2015 will be June 12-13, 2015.

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Toby Keith saves the night at Winstock ’14

Toby Keith was Winstock’s hero Saturday night, performing more than an hour-and-a-half in the rain at the 21st annual Winstock Country Music Festival in Winsted.
Sets from country artists Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann, and Katie Armiger were canceled due to lightning, rain, and strong winds that hit the area Saturday. Other performances from Tim Sigler, Roadhouse 6, Ashley Monroe, and Mel Tillis went off as scheduled.
The rainy day Saturday was a stark contrast to the picture-perfect Friday night that featured Chase Rice, Rascal Flatts, Billy Currington, Danielle Bradbery, Maiden Dixie, and Roadhouse 6.

PHOTOS: Photos from Winstock 2014 may be found HERE.

WINSTOCK ’15 TICKET NOTE: Call 888-946-7865 until Wednesday, June 25 to reserve your tickets for 2015 now. Tickets for Winstock ’15 will go on-sale again this fall. Winstock 2015 will be June 12-13, 2015.

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Winstock ’14 Raffle winners announced

This year, the annual Winstock Country Music Festival RAFFLE drawing took place in the backstage tent surrounded by many of our volunteers. We were unable to conduct the drawing on stage due to the weather.
Winners of this year’s raffle are as follows:
* $15,000 grand prize – Neil Schlagel (Howard Lake)
* $1,000 – John Lenzen (Chaska)
* $500 – Sue DeMars (Winsted)
* $100 winners – Tom Stifter (Winsted), Brent Johnson (Waconia), Roger Guennigsman (Winsted), Virgil Scherping (Winsted), Mike Dudley (Fairhope, AL), Clark Morrison (Duluth), Susan Hoheisel (Brainerd), Denny Jeurrissen (Shakopee), Nikki Neu (Brooklyn Park), and Scott Fisher (New Market).

Watch www.winstockfestival.com and on Facebook for information on the 2015 raffle when it becomes available. Congratulations to all who won! Raffle proceeds benefit ongoing maintenance and improvements at the Winstock grounds.