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Winstock 2021 pushed to August; numerous country music stars booked

Last year's two-day festival was canceled because of the pandemic.

Eleven months after event organizers announced the cancellation of Winstock 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the mood is much brighter in 2021 as plans are now set to hold the country music festival in Minnesota this summer. 

Instead of going forward with plans to hold Winstock in rural Winsted June 18-19, the schedule is now set for Aug. 20-21. Pushing the festival back by two months allows for more time to pass, which in turn leads to more vaccinations and possibly the end of the pandemic. 

"We are focused on having Winstock in 2021, and by gaining over two months, we can work towards a safer event for guests, artists, volunteers and our community," said Winstock Committee Chairman Dave Danielson. "COVID has hit us hard, and we want to make every effort possible to have a normal Winstock and a great celebration for everyone."

The 2020 festival was supposed to be led by country music superstar Luke Combs, who has agreed to headline the 2021 August celebration. In fact, nearly all of the performers who were scheduled to attend the 2020 festival are back on the lineup card for this summer. 

Chris Janson, Brett Eldredge, Big & Rich, Shenandoah and Phil Vassar will all perform. The only 2020 entertainer who can't make it this year is Darius Rucker, though his replacement, Sam Hunt, makes up for it as a high-profile artist. 

Tickets and camping reservations from 2020 will be automatically transferred and are good-to-go for the 2021 festival. VIP seats are sold out, but reserved seats and general admission tickets are available by calling 1-320-485-4287, or online at

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