Country Stampede's more than a concert, it’s an experience

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The move of Country Stampede from Manhattan to Topeka could bring music lovers who have never been to the festival.

It’s often been called one big party.

“It’s more than just a concert. It really is. It’s a bunch of real cool people getting together and having a good time,” said 94 Country DJ Keith Montgomery.

Organizers say this years’ experience will include games like corn hole tournaments, ax throwing, human foosball, and archery.

“They just have a lot of different things for families, for kids, for the night life. I mean you’re gonna get it all at Country Stampede,” said Bradley J, also with 94 Country.

The main draw remains the music and seeing top country acts live.

“Several years ago, Blake Shelton just came out and walked into the middle of the crowd. I mean, it was just like he was just a normal guy,” Montgomery recalled.

“They get to see the new artists that perform before the big headliners, and you get to discover a new artist, and that’s exciting,” Bradley J promoted.

Acts like Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, and Old Dominion will draw a crowd from around the world.

“There’s people that come that I met last year or two years ago that came from Sweden. They come from not only from within the United States, and the surrounding states, but they hear about Country Stampede across the ocean,” Bradley J said.

And this year, the noise will come from Topeka.

Country Stampede kicks off on Thursday at Heartland Park. Tickets are still available at CountryStampede.com.