WE Fest is back! Kickoff party for Wednesday evening at Soo Pass

The 37th annual event takes place Thursday through Saturday 5-7. August, although the celebrations officially begin with a Wednesday night kickoff party.

Would you like to see (and listen to) some of this year’s artists? Continue reading.

Wednesday 4th August

Cast for the Wednesday Night Kickoff Party, which begins at 6:30 PM, includes Shane Martin at 7:30 PM, TripWire at 9:30 PM, and The Cadillac Three at 11:30 PM

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All three performances take place on the Barn Stage. It’s a cosplay party so attendees are welcome to dress up as their favorite country music star. The best male and female doppelgangers will be awarded.

Thursday 5th August

Thursday’s Main Stage lineup includes Larry Fleet at 2:45 p.m., Ingrid Andress at 4:00 p.m., The Cadillac Three at 6:00 p.m., Russell Dickerson at 8:15 p.m., and the headlining Florida Georgia Line at 10:30 p.m. Watch appearances this year is the singer and actress Kellie Pickler.

Meanwhile, on the Barn Stage, the youngest Bash on the Beach stars, Slamabama, will perform at 9:30 p.m., and Larry Fleet will perform a second set at 12:30 p.m. 7 and 9 p.m.

Last but not least, the winners of the WE Fest Karaoke Contest will be presented on all three festival days both on the Barn Stage at 5:30 p.m. and on the Main Stage at 7:30 p.m. Karaoke showcase artists include Shane Parsons, the 2011 winner on Thursday, the 2009 winner, Cassandra Jopp Ronnie, on Friday, and the 2002/2007 winner, Mia Dorr on Saturday.

Friday 6th August

The Main Stage lineup on Friday includes Shy Carter at 2:45 p.m., High Valley at 4:00 p.m., Lindsay Ell at 6:00 p.m., LANCO at 8:15 p.m. and headliner Dierks Bentley at 10:30 p.m.

The Barn Stage cast includes local favorites 32 Below at 9:30 PM and Shy Carter at 12:30 PM. Mike Oregano will perform twice on the Saloon Stage, at 7pm and 9pm

Saturday 7th August

The Main Stage lineup on Saturday starts with Kameron Marlowe at 2:45 p.m., followed by RaeLynn at 4:00 p.m., Maddie & Tae at 6:00 p.m., the Eli Young Band at 8:15 p.m. and headliner Blake Shelton at 22:00 p.m. : 30 o’clock a big final fireworks display immediately after Shelton’s appearance.

Erin Grand will perform on the Barn Stage at 9:30 p.m. and Kameron Marlowe at 12:30 p.m., while the Stefan Geisinger Band will perform on the Saloon Stage at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Beyond the music

Yes, the main attraction is the music, but the organizers of the WE Fest also ensure fun outside the stages. Here are a few non-musical things guests can look forward to during the festival:

  • Campground Parties: The motto of this year’s decoration competition is “I Love My Country!”. Do you have the best campsite WE Fest? Prove it by posting your photo with # K102WeFest and tagging @coorslight and you can win the ultimate Coors Camping Package!
  • The trading post and handicraft market opens early every day for the “shopping hour”.
  • The competitive WE Fest Baggo tournament sponsored by Miller Lite.
  • If you like to keep it close to the ground, hop on the mechanical bull.
  • Still up in the air what to do? Take a helicopter ride!

Day tickets for the WE Fest start at $ 99; Ticket and camping packages are available at wefest.com.

The sheriff’s deputies will be on site throughout the festival

The Becker County Sheriff’s Office will set up a command post on the WE Fest site near East Gate, off County Road 22, to resolve any public safety issues that may arise during the festival.

Deputies will work for event security and will be available around the clock from Wednesday afternoon to Sunday.

“Number one, read and follow the directions given to you (WE Fest organizer),” said Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander. “Plan ahead because there will always be some waiting time once (concert-goers) get here, and I ask everyone to be safe, no matter what they do, just be safe.”

Glander said his deputies will actively patrol the concert, campsites and nearby streets during the concert weekend.

Tribune reporter Michael Achterling contributed information to this story.

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