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Just a reminder to take care of all your Winstock 2012 ticket and camping needs before the end of the day Thursday, May 31, as prices increase slightly. There are still a handful of reserved seats left for Winstock 2012 and can be purchased here. General admission tickets and camping is also available by clicking here. VIP for Winstock 2012 is sold out.

Join us Friday-Saturday, June 8-9 in Winsted as headliners Blake Shelton and Martina McBride will make this one of the most memorable Winstock festivals yet. We’ll also go on the road again with Willie Nelson, be right where we need to be with Gary Allan, drift away with Uncle Kracker, and do a little fishin’ in the dark with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Also appearing at Winstock 2012 will be Sunny Sweeney, Frankie Ballard, Rocket Club, Dustin Lynch, Brett Eldredge, Wade Bowen, Tim Sigler, WYLEE, and The Unleaded Band.

Click here to see a complete schedule of performance times.

Other notes for Winstock 2012:

BEANBAG TOURNAMENT: The second-annual Winstock 2012 beanbag tournament is set for Thursday, June 7 on the Winstock festival grounds, beginning at 6 p.m. This is a double-elimination tournament with a 64-team limit. The cost is $30 per two-person team.

Participants must have a Winstock 2012 ticket/wristband to participate. First prize: Two reserved seating tickets for Winstock 2013. Many other great prizes will also be awarded. Pre-register by: Friday, June 1.

To register, mail a check, along with name of team members, address, and phone number (including cell phone in the event organizers need to contact participants at Winstock) to:

Winstock Country Music Festival
Attn: Beanbag Tournament
PO Box 348
Winsted, MN 55395-0348

CAMPSITE DECORATING CONTEST: 2012 Theme: Your favorite Willie Nelson song. At Winstock 2012, campers are encouraged to decorate their campsites according to their favorite Willie Nelson song from his 50-plus-year career of hits in country music to win a multitude of prizes.

All participants MUST register by 9 p.m. Friday, June 8 to be considered for judging. Registration will take place Friday, June 8 at the Winstock Information Tent from the time the gates open until 9 p.m. Judging will take place Saturday morning and winners will be posted by 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Winstock Information Tent.

All judges’ decisions are FINAL!

RAFFLE

Grand Prize $15,000 Cash
1st Prize $1,000 Cash
2nd Prize $500 Cash
Plus (10) $100 Cash Prizes

Only 300 tickets sold; $100 per ticket. Must be 18 years old to purchase ticket. Winners are responsible for paying all taxes. Proceeds go for festival venue improvements. If you have any questions, please call Dick Langenfeld at (320) 485-4208.

Click here to download the sample ticket to enter.

Please fill out the sample ticket with your name, address, and phone number on the sample ticket.

Return the sample ticket and your check of $100 to:

Winstock Raffle
PO Box 348
Winsted, MN 55395

Once payment and sample ticket are received, your official Winstock Raffle Ticket will be mailed to you.

NOTICE FOR CAMPERS: Due to regulations from the Minnesota Department of Health, under Minnesota ordinance #4630.0400, campers at Winstock are asked to provide a separation distance of at least TEN feet between the sides of adjacent recreational camping vehicles. Click here for additional information.

As always, thank you for your continued support of the Winstock Country Music Festival – we’ll see you soon!

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The 19th annual Winstock Country Music Festival will take place just west of the Twin Cities at the festival grounds in Winsted, Minnesota, Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, 2012.

Winstock 2012 schedule change

The Winstock Country Music Festival welcomes Frankie Ballard to the main stage Saturday, June 9. Frankie brings a bluesy, rocking edge to the country scene with his self-titled debut album. His talents as a vocalist, songwriter and showman have already made him one of the genre’s most memorable new personalities. Due to scheduling conflicts, the JaneDear Girls will no longer be appearing June 9.

Due to popular demand, additional seating has been added to the reserved seating sections at Winstock. Reserved seats are located directly behind the Winstock VIP area. Winstock reserved seat ticket holders will enjoy all the performances from a premium location and in a guaranteed assigned seat. Click here to purchase your tickets now!

Joining Ballard at Winstock 2012 will be headliners Blake Shelton and Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Gary Allan, Uncle Kracker, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sunny Sweeney, Rocket Club, Dustin Lynch, Brett Eldredge, Wade Bowen, Tim Sigler Band, WYLEE, and The Unleaded Band.

The 19th annual Winstock Country Music Festival will take place just west of the Twin Cities at the festival grounds in Winsted, Minnesota, Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, 2012.

Winstock ‘12 headliners Shelton, McBride play big parts in ACM Awards ceremony April 1

Shelton named male vocalist of the year


Winstock 2012 headliner Blake Shelton took home the Academy of Country Music’s male vocalist of the year trophy in Las Vegas April 1, which makes Shelton both the reigning male vocalist of the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music.

In addition to co-hosting the ceremonies with Reba McEntire, Shelton also performed his recent hit “Drink on It.” After being named male vocalist of the year, Shelton said he had been reflecting on the lyrics to Dierks Bentley’s song “Home.”

“It’s been a long hard ride, and got a ways to go, and that’s still how I feel man, but I’m proud to take this home tonight,” Shelton said from the stage. Shelton and Lionel Richie closed the awards show with a duet of Lionel’s classic “You Are.”

Winstock 2012 Friday night headliner Martina McBride, nominated for female vocalist of the year, also played a very special part of a wedding ceremony that took place on the show. She performed “Marry Me” along with Pat Monahan of Train. McBride also took part in “ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert,” performing Richie’s song “Still.”

Joining Shelton and McBride at Winstock 2012 will be Willie Nelson, Gary Allan, Uncle Kracker, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sunny Sweeney, the JaneDear girls, Rocket Club, Dustin Lynch, Brett Eldredge, Wade Bowen, Tim Sigler Band, WYLEE, and The Unleaded Band.

The Winstock 2012 earlybird deadline is fast-approaching, with ticket prices increasing Sunday, April 15. Click here to order tickets online or call 888-946-7865 for more details. Note that Winstock 2012 VIP tickets are sold out, with a limited number of seats in the reserved seating section still available.

The 19th annual Winstock Country Music Festival will take place just west of the Twin Cities at the festival grounds in Winsted, Minnesota, Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, 2012.

Winstock is ‘on the road again’ to one of its best festivals yet

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Winstock is “on the road again” to making its 19th annual festival the best yet, as the complete 2012 festival lineup was announced this morning by the K102 Wakeup Crew.

The two-day country music camping vacation in Winsted Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, is honored to welcome American icon Willie Nelson to the Winstock stage to join already-announced headliners Blake Shelton and Martina McBride, along with many of country music’s top artists, including Gary Allan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Uncle Kracker, and Sunny Sweeney.

“We’re just thrilled to be able to have Willie Nelson at Winstock,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Chairman Dave Danielson. “The entire lineup this year has a lot of diverse artists with different music styles. There is really something for everyone.”

With a six-decade career and 200-plus albums, Nelson is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy,” “Red Headed Stranger,” and “Stardust.” He has earned every conceivable award as a musician, and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist.

In many ways, however, the weighty distinction “living legend” does Nelson a disservice, for it discounts the extent to which he is a thriving, relevant, and progressive musical and cultural force.

Joining Nelson in rounding out the festival’s Friday night lineup, the JaneDear girls will be making their Winstock debut, as will local favorites Tim Sigler Band and WYLEE. Martina McBride will be Friday night’s headliner.

In a career that’s already taken her to breathtaking heights (four CMA female vocalist of the year trophies, three ACM female vocalist awards, a Grammy win, numerous national magazine covers and features, and television appearances), McBride is ready to take it up a notch with the help of her new record label.

“Then, to kick things off Saturday, we’re happy to bring Rocket Club back to Winstock,” Danielson said. “It’s always neat to see local talent making a national impact like they have.”

Nelson isn’t the only Texan hitting the Winstock stage in 2012, as Sunny Sweeney will keep things rolling along Saturday afternoon with her hits such as “From A Table Away” and “Drink Myself Single.”

Winstock favorite Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will find us all “Fishin’ in the Dark” Saturday afternoon before we “Drift Away” with Uncle Kracker and be “right where we need to be” when Gary Allan takes the stage.

Then, it will be “all about tonight” when Saturday night headliner Blake Shelton hits the stage for what is guaranteed to be a good time.

“We first had Blake back in 2002, which was also a time of growth for the festival,” Danielson said, adding that Shelton had a few more hits under his belt when he performed at Winstock again in 2006, and said that, now, Shelton is a bona fide headliner.

The Winstock 2012 Emerging Artist Stage welcomes yet another Texan with Wade Bowen Friday night for two sets, along with Brett Eldredge, who has also been making his mark on the country music charts, for two sets Saturday.

The Winstock 2012 performance schedule, complete with times, can be found here. Also, visit the artist page for bios and links to our entertainer’s web sites to learn more about them.

Artists performing at Winstock 2012 include Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Gary Allan, Uncle Kracker, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sunny Sweeney, the JaneDear girls, Rocket Club, Brett Eldredge, Wade Bowen, Tim Sigler Band, WYLEE, and The Unleaded Band, with one additional national act yet to be announced for the Emerging Artist Stage.

The Winstock 2012 campsite decorating contest theme has also been determined, and campers can decorate their campsites according to their favorite Willie Nelson song from his 50-plus-year career of hits in country music to win a multitude of prizes. Full details on the campsite decorating contest can be found here.

Be sure and “like” the Winstock Country Music Festival on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, sign up for Winstock e-mail news, and watch our website to get the latest news, including the Winstock 2012 Rumble on the Road dates, where we take to the road in advance of Winstock, hitting some of our favorite bars with some of our favorite bands, giving away Winstock tickets and many other prizes.

Tickets for the festival are on sale and can be ordered now in plenty of time before the early bird deadline Sunday, April 15. Please note that Winstock 2012 VIP tickets are sold out, with a limited number of seats in the reserved seating section still available.

“This is the earliest our VIP section has ever sold out,” Danielson added. “We appreciate all the people who make Winstock a success year after year, especially all the volunteers who make it happen.”

Danielson added that organizers are already thinking about the 20th anniversary festival next year.

The 19th annual Winstock Country Music Festival will take place at the festival grounds in Winsted, Minnesota, Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, 2012.

Winstock ‘12 headliners Shelton and McBride receive Grammy nominations

Winstock 2012 headliners Blake Shelton and Martina McBride have both received Grammy Award nominations, which were announced Nov. 30.

Shelton, who will perform at Winstock Saturday, June 9, received three nominations, including best country solo performance for “Honey Bee,” best country album for “Red River Blue,” and best country song for “God Gave Me You.”

In true Shelton fashion, he took to his Twitter and Facebook accounts to announce the nominations to his fans: “Just found that I’m the first EVER person laying in bed (drunk) in Tishomingo Oklahoma with 3 Grammy nominations!!!”

McBride, who will perform at Winstock Friday, June 8, was also nominated in the best country solo performance category for her new hit “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” for this year’s Grammy Awards.

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will be Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live on CBS at 7 p.m.

Shelton also recently won the American Music Award for favorite country male artist and is up for two People’s Choice Awards – favorite male artist and favorite country artist.

This is Shelton’s first nomination for the fan-voted award show. NBC’s “The Voice” is also nominated for a People’s Choice Awards in “Favorite TV Competition Show.” The People’s Choice Awards will air live Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at 8 p.m. on CBS from the Nokia Theatre LA Live.

Winstock fans can help Shelton take home these honors by voting for him here.

McBride is also set to host the 13th Annual “A Home For The Holidays With Martina McBride,” an entertainment special that will be broadcast Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. on the CBS Television Network.

It will also include moving performances by country superstar entertainer McBride, pop/R&B superstar Justin Bieber, Grammy Award-winning singer Mary J. Blige, platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw, rock group OneRepublic and singer/songwriter Christina Perri.

Following the success of the past 12 annual shows, the special continues to tell touching stories about adoption from foster care to raise awareness for this important social issue.

The 19th annual Winstock Country Music Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, 2012.

Blake Shelton and Martina McBride will headline Minnesota’s best country music camping vacation in 2012. Additional artists and lineup details are expected to be announced in early January.

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Blake Shelton, Martina McBride to headline 19th annual Winstock Country Music Festival

We’re turnin’ it loose and are excited to announce that recently-crowned Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton and Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Martina McBride are set to headline Winstock 2012.

“We’re just thrilled to be bringing the reigning CMA male vocalist of the year to Winstock,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Chairman Dave Danielson. “We can’t wait for him to bring his show to Winsted.”

Having a reigning award winner perform at Winstock hasn’t happened since Keith Urban performed at Winstock 2004, and went on to be named the CMA’s entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year in 2005. This is Shelton’s second consecutive win in the male vocalist category. He was also up for four other CMA awards this year, and kicked off the show with a performance of “Footloose” with Kenny Loggins.

Joining Shelton to headline Winstock 2012 will be McBride, who was also the reigning female vocalist of the year when she performed at Winstock in 2003. McBride gave a moving performance of her latest hit “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” at the awards ceremony.

Danielson said Winstock and Shelton have been on similar paths as far as how Shelton’s career and Winstock have progressed through the years.

“We first had Blake back in 2002, which was also a time of growth for the festival,” Danielson said, adding that Shelton had a few more hits under his belt when he performed at Winstock again in 2006, and said that, now, Shelton is a bona fide headliner.

“He’s definitely grown along with our festival,” Danielson said. “He’s gone on to become one of the country music’s top entertainers, and Winstock has gone on to become one of the top country festivals.”

Danielson said Winstock organizers attempted to pull off a “husband-wife” tag-team event with Shelton and his wife, recently-named CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert, but said Lambert had other commitments. For more on Shelton, click here.

Winstock’s Friday night headliner will be no stranger to the Winstock stage, as organizers are proud to welcome back McBride.

“Martina is on a new record label and seems reenergized and has spent a lot of time in the studio building up to her new album,” Danielson said. “She has some of the best music of her career and we’re excited for her to be bringing that, along with all of her hits, to Winstock 2012. Her new music gives people who may not be tried and true Martina fans a new introduction to her.”

Danielson said, in the past, McBride has enjoyed Winstock because it’s family-orientated, and said she often travels with her family. For more on McBride, click here.

The rest of the Winstock 2012 lineup is expected to be finalized in the next months and released in early January.

“There are going to be to a ton of tours this summer, and it’s been a challenge trying to lock in entertainers due to there being so many headline tours that also feature opening acts,” Danielson said.

However, that has not stopped Winstock organizers from working to secure some of the hottest acts out of Nashville.

“We’re in the process of putting together a heck of a lineup this year, and are also looking forward to our 20th festival next year,” Danielson said. “We’re already making plans for the 20th in 2013.”

He said the 2012 lineup will likely feature a couple of Winstock fan favorites, as well as a number of new artists to the Winstock roster.

“The pieces are starting to all fall into place,” Danielson said.

Winstock is a fundraising event for Holy Trinity Catholic School in Winsted and is staffed by hundreds of volunteers from the school and the area.

“We appreciate the continued support of our event,” Danielson said, “and, of course, all the volunteers who work to make it happen.”

Anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 people attend the festival. Campsites surround the festival area and accommodate the large number of music lovers. Since the first year Winstock was started in 1994, the festival has continued to grow in both the number of fans and the quality of the artists.

“It’s just a great community event that brings together a lot of people,” Danielson said.

The 19th annual Winstock Country Music Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, 2012.

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