Country Stampede has a new home for 2024

Country Stampede has a new home for 2024

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Organizers of the Country Stampede have announced the new home of the country music event for 2024.

The Country Stampede will be held at Azura Amphitheatre in Bonner Springs next year, according to a social media post from the Country Stampede. The country music event was in Topeka for five years after moving there in 2019 following a 24-year run at Tuttle Creek State Park near the City of Manhattan.

“The Country Stampede will keep its roots in the State of Kansas while moving closer to the Kansas City metro area. This will provide a great opportunity to introduce new fans to the festival who haven’t had the opportunity to travel to its previous locations. We are thankful to all of the municipalities and venues that inquired about hosting the event in their communities, but overall found Azura Amphitheater to provide the best fit. The Country Stampede welcomes its core group of festival goers that have been with the event from the start and will continue to offer multiple day camping. A Kick-Off Party on Thursday, June 27, 2024 will open the festival followed by two days of headliners on the main stage, Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29.”

Country Stampede social media statement excerpt

On Monday, Dec. 4, Heartland Motorsports Park owner Chris Payne told 27 News that Country Stampede would no longer be held in Topeka for 2024. Both Visit Topeka and an organizer for the stampede weighed in with their thoughts on the situation.

Payne said the decision to move was made partly due to a lack of interest from the community and from the City of Topeka. He went on to say numerous communities Kansas and Missouri reached out with offers to host the event.

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“Seemingly the current leadership has it’s own agenda which doesn’t include probably the biggest or second biggest event in Topeka,” Payne said. “The lack of support became even more apparent after the Stampede RFP was sent out and township after township in Kansas and Missouri responded with eagerness and interest.”

Payne, who is also the owner of Shelby Development LLC, has been ingrained in an years-long tax dispute with Shawnee County over Heartland Motorsports Park. Last week, auction details were revealed to the public as Shelby Development LLC looks to sell off its inventory, including the park itself.

Sean Dixon, president of Visit Topeka, also weighed in on the situation. He provided the following statement to 27 News:

“Visit Topeka has proudly supported Country Stampede since its move to the capital city in 2019,” Dixon said. “Between 2021 and 2022, we invested $150,000 to bolster events at Heartland Motorsports Park, including Country Stampede and the NHRA Nationals. This year, we regretfully withdrew sponsorship from Heartland following their decision to leave Topeka and sell the grounds, as that move left the fate of events there in question. We strategically chose to invest that money in the community in other ways, redirecting the funding to support new experiences like For the Culture KS Fest, India Mela, and Nashville Nights at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. These collaborations reinforce Visit Topeka’s commitment to working with local venues, attractions, and community partners to create dynamic and enduring visitor experiences.”

Payne said information on when tickets go on sale will likely come out in the near future. This information will also be coupled with the list of artists for the 2024 Country Stampede.

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Earlier this year, the Country Stampede said it would be considering finding a new home. This included the possibility of moving back to its old home near the City of Manhattan.

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