TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Country Stampede music festival appears to be on the verge of announcing a location change a bit sooner than some may have expected.
It was just in March of 2018 that festival organizers signed a five-year contract with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism to keep the event at Tuttle Creek State Park through 2022.
13 NEWS obtained a copy of the contract.
Under the terms, Stampede would pay the state $81,500 in 2018 and 2019; $83,000 for the 2020 festival; $85,000 for 2021; up to $88,000 the final year of the contract.
It also states Stampede would bear expenses of security, EMT, and fire personnel, noting the organizers "may be required to retain off-duty law enforcement or otherwise reimburse a law enforcement jurisdiction for for its increased costs incurred by policing the event."
The contract does allow the festival organizers to terminate the contract with 90-days written notice. However, it states if that happens "neither Permitee or its members shall promote or sponsor a country music concert or otherwise engage in activities similar in nature to the Event for 18 months following the termination date."
A spokesperson for the KS Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism declined to speculate on the future. He did tell 13 NEWS they were in the process of revising the contract in light of this year's last-minute move to Heartland Motorsports Park due to flooding at Tuttle Creek State Park.
City of Topeka, Stampede, and Heartland Motorsports Park officials have set a news conference for 11 a.m. Thursday. Sources tell 13 NEWS they will announce plans to permanently move the festival to Heartland Park.