This year's Country Stampede party will begin a day early with a pre-party to help warm up audiences.
Drew Parker and Colt Ford will perform at 6:30 p.m. July 13 at Topeka's Heartland Motor Speedway, 7530 S.W. Topeka Blvd., before the full event kicks off July 14-16.
Among this year's biggest names are Kid Rock, Jake Owen and Walker Hayes.
Gates will open at 1 p.m. on July 14. This year's lineup, prices, camping information and rules may have changed, but the fun hasn't.
Here is all attendees need to know to have a great time.
Kid Rock — known for hits like "All Summer Long," "Picture," which features Sheryl Crow, and "Bawitdaba" — tops the list of this year's featured performers.
Jake Owen, who has been featured in previous Country Stampedes, is back with such hits as "Made for You," "Down to the Honkytonk" and "Homemade."
Walker Hayes, who together with his daughter brought back the Oreo shake to Applebee's by creating the song and dance, "Fancy Like," will sing such other favorites as "You Broke Up with Me" and "AA."
Other featured artists include LOCASH, Drake White, Runaway June, Ian Munsick, Parmalee, Craig Morgan, Chris Lane, Big & Rich featuring Cowboy Troy and Lily Rose.
More information can be found on the Country Stampede artists website.
Prices range from $70 to $140 for a one-day pass, $170 for a three-day general admission price and $365 for a three-day reserved seat pass. A VIP seating pass for all three days is $615 and includes VIP parking.
Tickets for the preparty are $20 for ticket holders and $40 for non-ticket holders.
A three-day child general admission pass is $55.
A party pit pass for all shows is $365.
General admission parking is $20. No overnight parking will be allowed.
For more information, and to purchase tickets go to the Festival Ticketing website.
To upgrade a ticket, call (855) 279-6808 or go to the Elevate Tickets website.
"If you volunteer during the event, you get a wristband for the day that you showed up," said Connor England with Top Teer, which organizes volunteers for several events in Topeka. "If you volunteer prior, you can stack those days.
"So we've seen a lot of people will volunteer the week prior and they'll get three shifts, and that will give them access to the full festival."
The stampede is looking for volunteers to help in such areas as parking, helping with hospitality tents, setup and teardown.
To sign up and choose an area, go to the volunteer opportunities option of United Way's website and look for Country Stampede.
The following changes have been made for this year's event. A clear-bag policy has been implemented and bags will be searched. Also, metal-detector wands will be used at the gate.
Guests should also note these rules:
• No pets will be allowed inside the event or on the camping grounds.
• No food or beverages are allowed into the festival area, but clear empty containers can be used to fill up with water at several stations.
• Takings pictures on cellphones is allowed, however professional photography is prohibited. No video recorders will be allowed.
• No tailgating will be allowed in the VIP and Hospitality parking areas.
• Bringing a lawn chair is encouraged, but blankets and loungers won't be allowed.
• Four wheelers and ATVs won't be allowed in the camping grounds.
Guests will need to purchase one camping unit and one parking pass will be needed.
Rustic and family camping sites are $200. Silver camping sites are $399. Gold and Platinum sites are sold out.
Rustic and family camping areas don't include hookups. Some camping sites will be on grass and some will be on hardtop surfaces.
In Silver and Rustic camping areas shower trailers will be available for $6 per shower.
The campgrounds will have quiet hours. For family camping, midnight is when things need to settle down. Rustic Meadows will enforce quiet hours at 2 a.m.
Catheryn Hrenchir is a feature writer for The Topeka-Capital Journal. She can be reached at chrenchir.gannett.com or (785) 817-6383.