Friends of the Festival

Meet the Country Stampede On-Site Managers

Country Stampede would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our on-site management team.

  • On-Site Business Manager

    On-Site Business Manager

    Jim Badders

    Jim has been with Country Stampede since 1997. He is Country Stampede's finance manager. When not working for Country Stampede, he is the Assistant Controller at Kansas State. He loves to travel in his free time.

  • Communications Manager

    Communications Manager

    Rich Messerly

    Rich has worked for Country Stampede since 2010 in the communications division, moving up to supervisor in 2013 and now manager in 2015. When not working for Country Stampede he is working full time for the city of Manhattan in the engineering dept and part time for multiple Ems agencies and Barton community college along with being a volunteer Firefighter/EMT with Riley county fire district #1. Rich is an amateur radio operator since 1996 and has helped operate/maintain multi-site radio systems.


    Rich has been married to his wife Kendra since 2012 and they have a combined family with 3 children.

  • Advanced Ticket Sales / Parking Cashier

    Advanced Ticket Sales / Parking Cashier

    Deb Delzeit

    Deb is in her tenth year with the Country Stampede. She’s held supervisor positions in both Parking and Traffic and Merchandising until the 2008 season when she took the Merchandising manager position and now Advanced Ticket Sales and Parking Cashier manager.

    When not working for Stampede, Deb is a Retail Operations Manager for Kaw Valley Greenhouses, managing operations for 22 retail garden centers in three states. In the off-gardening season, she spends time with her husband, Ed, on their little farm in Bennington, KS raising chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, and quail.

  • Backstage Security Manager

    Backstage Security Manager

    Mark French

    Mark French has worked security since the first Country Stampede. In 1998 he was promoted to front of stage and back stage security supervisor.

  • Law Enforcement Liason / State Park Liason

    Law Enforcement Liason / State Park Liason

    Steve French

    Steve French began working for Country Stampede in 1996 as the Parking/Traffic Division Manager. In 1997, he was reassigned as the Festival Security Manager. With his vast knowledge and community contacts, Steve French became the County Stampede Consultant in 1998, a position in which he remains today. Steve has made many friends during his years working at the Stampede and enjoys “re-connecting” with staff and patrons each year.

    Steve has been married to Kathy French for 39 years, and they have three children. Steve is twice retired from the Riley County Police as he returned in 2007 as “Interim Director.” He started his law enforcement career with the Riley County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff in December 1971. Steve now enjoys being retired, working on his farm, playing with his grandchildren.

  • Operations Manager

    Operations Manager

    Adrienne Hayes

    Adrienne Hayes started with Country Stampede as the temporary office assistant in 1999. From 2000 – 2002 she worked as the advanced Ticket Sales Cashier and office assistant  and then was offered the full time position of Office Manager in November of 2002.  In 2004 she was promoted to Administrative Manager and then to Operations Manager in 2008 which is her current position that has a primary focus on logistics and planning of the event.  Adrienne is a devoted wife and mother of 2 children. When not working, Adrienne enjoys cheering her kids on in their numerous sporting and school activities and the Kansas State University Wildcats!

  • Campground Security Manager

    Campground Security Manager

    Ernie Jordan

    Ernie started with Country Stampede in 2001 joining campground security. During this time he functioned as security and then as a Supervisor. In 2010 he was appointed Campground Security Manager. Originally from Rhode Island Ernie Made his way to Ft Riley in the US Army where he met his future wife Cindy and they were married in 1971. They have 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grand child.


    Ernie enjoys the camaraderie of seeing old friends each year along with new generations of families starting their own annual Country Stampede adventure. Ernie is also proud of his returning team each year to provide a safe environment for all to enjoy this wonderful experience.

  • Service Volunteer Manager

    Service Volunteer Manager

    Mick McCallister

    Mick McCallister started with the Country Stampede organization in 1996 as a volunteer worker. Since 2006 he has performed as the Service Manager. Responsibilities include supervision of festival set-up and tear down, campground cleanup, and the coordination of 350 beverage service volunteers each year.

    As a retired 35-year Department of the Army Civilian, Mick owns a Property Management Company in Junction City, is married for 36 years to wife Cathy and has two sons Mat and Adam. He spends his two week vacation working the Country Stampede. "My primary focus is to offer the opportunity for off duty soldiers and their families a chance to reset and have a little fun and have a great experience at the Country Stampede."

    The majority of volunteers are soldiers and/or their spouses. "It has been an enormous pleasure to give support to our soldiers and their families in this small way."

  • Festival Security Manager

    Festival Security Manager

    Kurt Moldrup

    Kurt “Moldy” Moldrup has worked festival security since the Stampede’s first year in 1996. He was soon promoted to Festival Security Manager and oversees a team of over 100 employees who help keep the festival safe and enjoyable for its patrons.

    When not working for Country Stampede, Kurt is employed with the Riley County Police Department as a Captain in the Patrol Division. Kurt is married to Sue and has 11 children, all of which are or have been home educated. As a result, Kurt also has to work extra jobs and works as a security guard for the Manhattan Town Center Mall (over 26 years of service) and is employed by Kansas State Athletic Operations where he is the parking manager for all events that occur at Bramlage Coliseum and Bill Snyder family Stadium, home of the Wildcats! When Kurt is not working he enjoys spending time with his wife of over 30 years, children, and 16 grandchildren (and counting).

  • Vehicle Manager

    Vehicle Manager

    Kathy Niedel

    Kathy started out in 2006 working as a supervisor at the gates and camping check-in before becoming the vehicle manager in 2008. She is from Hermitage, MO and enjoys heading to Kansas for the Country Stampede each June.

  • Gate Manager

    Gate Manager

    Tim Niedel

    Tim started out as a gate supervisor in 2006 for three years before becoming the gate manager in 2009. He is from Hermitage, MO where he operates and owns a flea market with his wife Kathy. They have been married six years and enjoy heading to Kansas each June to be a part of Country Stampede.

  • Direct Marketing Manager

    Direct Marketing Manager

    Chris Rouse

    Chris  started working for Country Stampede full time in 2004 after graduating from Fort Hays State University with a B.A. in English. Current duties include designing and maintaining the website, designing and distributing posters and flyers, working with media partners, and other various marketing and graphic design duties.

    Chris lives in Topeka, KS with his wife Dawn and son Jack.

  • President / General Manager

    President / General Manager

    Wayne Rouse

    Wayne has been the President of Country Stampede since its inception in the summer of 1995; the first festival took place in 1996. Wayne moved to Manhattan in September of 2001 and added General Manager to his title.

    Wayne has been producing events, including concerts, festivals, PRCA Rodeos and even professional wresting events. Along with Country Stampede, Wayne still does additional on-site production and promotion for several other events and concerts.

    Wayne is married and has one son and two stepsons.

  • Volunteer Coordinator

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Kim Wagenblast

    Kim began working with Country Stampede as a volunteer in the Beverage Tents in 1998 and 1999. As a military spouse, Kim moved in 2000 only to return in 2003. In 2004 she returned to Country Stampede assisting the Volunteer Coordinator along with set-up and tear-down.

    The majority of the volunteers in the Beverage Booths and VIP area are military service members and family members. She enjoys working the families providing them an opportunity to experience the festival in a unique way.

    She is also very involved with the military community serving as a "Ghostess" on the board of Historical and Archological Society of Fort Riley. The Ghostess plans and organizes volunteers for the once a year Ghost Tours of Fort Riley.

    Her daily career continues to serve families military families living on Fort Riley. She is also an Assistant Neighborhood Manager for Picerne Military Housing.

  • HR Intern

    HR Intern

    Krystal Gee

    Krystal Is our 2015 Human Resources Intern. She currently attends Kansas State University where she is majoring in Human Resources and she minors in Public Relations. She is a part of Kappa Delta sorority and is involved within the chapter. Krystal was born in Manhattan, Kansas and Graduated from Wamego Highschool.

  • Event Planning Intern

    Event Planning Intern

    John Seitz

    John Tyler Seitz (JT) is a senior at K-State graduating in May 2015 with a major in life science and a minor in public relations. He has been active in Union Program Council for the past four years and planned a number of concerts and other events on and off-campus. JT has also worked for K-State Recreational Services as the program assistant for the sport clubs and challenge course programs. He has attended the Country Stampede twice and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.

  • Marketing Intern

    Marketing Intern

    Katie Beemer

    Katie is our Marketing Intern and currently a junior at Kansas State University working towards her major in Advertising and minor in Marketing. Outside the office she is a proud member of her sorority Delta Delta Delta and an active volunteer for Purple Paws animal welfare. She has a love for country music and live events and hopes to continue with that through marketing and advertising after graduation in May 2016.