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 takes place from June 23–25. The lineup features headlining acts Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, and Chris Stapleton. Additional performances are scheduled with Big & Rich, Old Dominion, A Thousand Horses, the Brothers Osborne and Maddie & Tae. It will mark the 22nd anniversary of the event.
Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr. (born March 30, 1990), better known by his stage name Thomas Rhett, is an American country music singer and songwriter. He is the son of American country music singer and songwriter Rhett Akins. Rhett has released two studio albums for Big Machine Records' Valory Music imprint: It Goes Like This (2013) and Tangled Up (2015). These albums have produced ten singles on the Hot Country and Country Airplay charts, with seven reaching the No. 1 position on the latter: "It Goes Like This", "Get Me Some of That", "Craving You","Make Me Wanna", "Crash and Burn", "Die a Happy Man", "T-Shirt", and "Star of the Show". In addition to much of his own material, Rhett has also written singles for Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, and Florida Georgia Line.