|Country Stampede Music Festival|
|Dates||last weekend in June|
|Location(s)||Manhattan, Kansas, US|
|Founded by||Wayne Rouse|
The Country Stampede Music Festival is an outdoor country music and camping festival held at Tuttle Creek Lake State Park, north of Manhattan, Kansas. The festival has been held annually since 1996, on the last weekend in June.
It is the largest annual music festival in Kansas. Total combined attendance for all days exceeds 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 two-day weekend event and has expanded to a four-day format, lasting from Thursday through Sunday. Camping is common for attendees, and 2,400 camp sites are available on the grounds. Vendors, and many activities are also present at the festival. A sister festival was held at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky in 2003 and 2004.
Starting in 2016, the festival reverted to a 3-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. An overwhelming majority of the fans who attended the 2016 event supported the change, as did support personnel (law enforcement and medical). Since the new format was so well received, Rouse indicated the change would become permanent.
The 2017 festival featured Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Big & Rich, Old Dominion, A Thousand Horses, the Brothers Osborne and Maddie & Tae.
Notable musical artists performing at the festival in previous years include: