Country Stampede to stay at Heartland Park going forward, sources say

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- It’s not official yet, but sources tell 13 NEWS the Capital City will be the new home of Country Stampede.

The announcement is expected to come during a news conference on Thursday. That’s when Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla will join Heartland Motorsports Park Owner Chris Payne what is describe as a “major announcement” regarding the City, the racetrack, and Country Stampede – which will kick off a few hours later.

City officials have not released any information about the nature of the announcement. However, multiple sources told 13 NEWS they will announce Country Stampede will make Topeka its home for years to come. Details of the contract have not been revealed.

Major flooding in and around Manhattan this year forced Country Stampede organizers to move the festival to Topeka. Since then, there has been speculation the three-day event, which had been projected to bring $8 million to the Manhattan economy before it moved, would find a new home in the Capital City. However, officials have been mum on the subject.

While Country Stampede President Wayne Rouse told 13 NEWS he had no comment on a potential move. He added that Heartland Park is an amazing venue and they are excited to be here this year.

GoTopeka President and CEO Matt Pivarnek also said the Topeka Chamber of Commerce would not be able to comment at this time.

In addition to De La Isla and Payne, the Visit Topeka President Brett Oetting is expected to be on hand for Thursday’s news conference.

One of the biggest festivals in Kansas, Country Stampede has been an annual tradition since 1996. Since then, current and future superstars like Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, and Taylor Swift have all taken the stage.