The Country Stampede is coming to Topeka.
Due to severe flooding and safety concerns at Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Country Stampede officials have decided to hold the 24th annual country music festival June 20-22 at Heartland Motorsports Park, 7530 S.W. Topeka Blvd.
“I’m not going to find a better opportunity for Topeka or Heartland, without a doubt,’’ Heartland Motorsports Park owner Chris Payne told The Topeka Capital-Journal.
Country Stampede officials announced the site change in a news release Friday morning.
“Safety is our main concern,’’ Country Stampede president Wayne Rouse said. “The severe weather prompted us to partner with the good folks over at Heartland Motorsports in Topeka, just 45 minutes away, to ensure all of our concert goers will be out of harm’s way.
“We are maintaining the integrity of what we currently have in place to our new location.’’
Its organizers estimate the stampede has had an $8 million annual impact on the economy at Manhattan, and it is anticipated to do the same this year for Topeka, said Mike Bell, vice president of Visit Topeka Inc.
The Stampede will come to Heartland Motorsports Park less than two weeks after the facility hosts its marquee racing event, the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties June 7-9.
But Payne said he believes HMP will be ready for the largest annual music festival in Kansas, which annually draws more than 100,000 fans.
“I feel pretty confident,’’ Payne said. “They have their own staff and they’ve been doing it for 24 years. If they don’t have it figured out by now, they never will.
“Plus, they have all of our staff at their disposal. We have 160 employees working (the NHRA national event) so they’re grateful to have another big event to work as well.’’
The 2019 Kicker Country Stampede will feature some of country music’s biggest names, including Jason Aldean, Old Dominion, Jake Owen and Clint Black. The Stampede has 50 country acts scheduled on multiple stages.
Payne said HMP will also be hosting a Sports Car Club of America national event the same weekend as the Stampede, but said the facility’s 750-plus acres will allow that to happen.
Payne said the Stampede will be staged on the west side of the facility in the area from the HMP dirt track all the way west to Topeka Boulevard so that the road course can still be used.
“I have worked diligently to get an SCCA national event, the first one in I don’t know how many years,’’ he said. “It’s the time trials. There are only six in the U.S. Sometimes Heartland’s downfall is its size, but in this case its size is a plus.’’
Black and Owen will be the headline artists on Thursday, June 20, while Michael Ray and Old Dominion will headline Friday night of the Stampede and Morgan Wallen and Aldean will be the headliners on Saturday night.
For ticket information or more information about the festival, go to countrystampede.com.
For questions about the location change, visit the frequently asked questions section on the website. For any other questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-795-8091.