Winstock Country Music Festival SELLS OUT for first time

For the first time in its history, the Winstock Country Music Festival in Winsted, MN has completely sold out.

The sellout comes the Monday before the festival’s 20th anniversary celebration is set to get underway.

“It’s making our 20th anniversary very, very special,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Committee Chairman Dave Danielson. “Everything has sold out, and we’re just so happy that our fans are supporting our festival and the students of Holy Trinity.”

The sellout crowd will converge upon the festival grounds this weekend to hear music from headliners Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, along with Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, 38 Special, Sawyer Brown, Neal McCoy, The Farm, Joel Crouse, Drake White, Charlie Worsham, the Greg Michaels Band, Maiden Dixie, Mitch Gordon and the Unleaded Band, and DiamondBack.

The volunteer-run Winstock Country Music Festival began in 1994 as a fundraiser for Holy Trinity Catholic School in Winsted, MN. 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. 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,” Danielson said. “It’s a 100-percent volunteer effort, and without a lot of good people, we wouldn’t have made it this far.”

NO walk-up ticket sales will be available at this year’s event.

“It’s unfortunate for fans who haven’t bought a ticket, but we want to continue to provide fans with a safe and secure event,” Danielson added.

If you are unable to place your 2014 ticket order for Winstock at this year’s event, call 888-946-7865 by Monday, June 24 to renew or to place a new ticket order. After June 24,  watch www.winstockfestival.com to order your 2014 Winstock tickets this fall.

Other notes

• Campgrounds will open for admission beginning Thursday, June 6 at 3 p.m.

• The 14th annual Winsted Fire Department spaghetti dinner will take place from 4-9 p.m. Thursday in the Winstock Food Tent and at the Winsted Fire Hall.

Also during the spaghetti dinner in the food tent area, Ridgeview Medical Center staff will provide hands-only CPR awareness training.

• The third-annual Winstock Beanbag Tournament will take place Thursday on the Winstock grounds. Registration opens on-site at 5 p.m.

• The Winstock campsite decorating contest theme is “Celebrating 20 years.”

Plan ahead and be prepared to decorate your campsite according to this year’s criteria. The grand prize in this year’s campsite decorating contest will be provided by Midwest Machinery, and will be awarded to the overall most artistic and original, best-decorated campsite based on either of the themes listed below: “Winstock get together” and “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On.” Complete campsite decorating contest rules and details Click HERE.

• Also check out the Free Winstock 2013 App for your Android smartphone.

The free app, which is available for Android phones, shows users the entrances to each of the campgrounds and festival gates, maps of the area, artist bios and hit songs, and the schedule of events for the weekend.

• Save the dates: Winstock 2014 will be Friday-Saturday, June 13-14, 2014.

The 20th annual Winstock Country Music Festival will take place June 7-8, 2013, at the festival grounds in Winsted, MN, centrally-located about a half hour west of the Twin Cities metro area. Find additional Winstock 2013 information at winstockfestival.com, on Facebook and Twitter, or by calling 888-946-7865.