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|Dates||first weekend in August|
Soo Pass Ranch|
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
|Founded by||Jeff Krueger|
WE Fest is an annual three-day country music festival held the first weekend in August at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, United States. The 2019 festival is scheduled for August 1-3rd in Detroit Lakes.
The festival was started by Jeff Krueger in August 1983 and was held in a barn to approximately 9,000 people.
Camping is now a popular option with sites near the venue and some lakeside camping is often available.
The WE Fest logo was created by John Roley in 1982 in Bloomington, Minnesota, at Jeff Krueger's attic apartment on Old Shakopee Road. Jeff wanted to call the Festival The US Fest. That logo was actually Steve Wozniak's Festival in California. By suggestion from Roley, Krueger called the festival WE in '83 Festival, then More in '84 and Alive in '85. This is how the WE Fest became a project.
Alabama was the first band ever to perform at WE Fest. Since then, many other famous country singers and bands have taken the stage including Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roger Miller, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Charley Pride, Kid Rock, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Tanya Tucker, Keith Urban, Tammy Wynette, Brad Paisley, Trisha Yearwood and much more.
In 2007, the attendance reached a record high of 83,000 people over the weekend at the themed Heaven in '07 concert.
In 2016, over 150,000 attended WE Fest.