Festival Info


We want you to have the best time of your life! Check out these tips to make the most out of your festival experience.

  • Take Care of Yourself
    Since this is an outdoor event, some simple precautions must be taken to ensure a safe and happy weekend, but in the excitement of the event these things can be easy to overlook. Drink plenty of water. Bottled water is available at all of our pop and beer stands and free potable water is available around the festival grounds. Also, don't forget your sunscreen! You will be spending a lot of time under the sun. Applying sunscreen will prevent you from becoming one of those poor unfortunate lobster people that we see walking around every year!
  • Pack Smart
    The old saying that, "if you don't like the weather in Kansas, just stick around" is very true. While we expect that the weather will be warm and sunny it's a good idea to pack for everything from cooler temperatures to rain just in case.
  • Come Early
    Coming early in the day has a lot of advantages. Arriving before the big evening rush ensures you a better parking spot, getting into the parking lot faster, and if going general admission it allows you to get a closer place to set up your lawn chair. Coming early also allows you time to experience all the cool activities and vendor exhibits at Stampede, not to mention all the great entertainment you would otherwise miss out on. Gates open at 1pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Parking lots open at 8am.
  • Familiarize Yourself With Our Policies
    Be sure to read through these festival policies and the Camping page before you come. There is a lot of great information on here about what you can and cannot bring to the festival and other important festival policies. Check out the pdfCOUNTRY STAMPEDE SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN.pdf in case of inclement weather.
  • Have Fun and Be Safe
    Our aim is to put on a show that will leave you with unforgettable memories. We need your help to make sure that happens, and following these tips and our rules and regulations is the best way help us accomplish that goal.
  • Taxi Service Rules
    If you are taking a taxi to and from the event, taxi drop off and pick up is on the east side of the festival by the bathhouse. Have the taxi take the east entrance to the park.


  • Gates open at 1pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for General Admission, 12:30pm for VIP, Reserved, and Handicapped, and 12:45 for Jump-the-Line ticket holders.
  • The VIP Hospitality Area will open at 11:30am for lunch
  • When you arrive at either camp check-in or one of the entry gates, you will exchange your ticket for a wristband. Wristbands that have been removed or tampered with will become invalid, so you will want to make sure that you leave it on for all three days. Otherwise, you will have to buy a new ticket.
  • We hold banding parties in the campgrounds and at different locations around town. Stay tuned for locations and times.
  • Three-day general admission tickets are non-transferable. One ticket is only good for one person over the three days.
  • Please note that trying to pass counterfeit or tampered-with bands is a crime for which the authorities pursue prosecution.
  • Beware of counterfeit wristbands and tickets. The only way to ensure that you have a legitimate Country Stampede ticket is to buy your ticket from us directly or through one of our authorized ticket outlets.
  • We only sell wristbands at our ticket booths, and they are put on you by our staff. If anyone offers to sell you a wristband outside of the festival gates, you can be certain it is counterfeit.
  • All bags will be searched prior to entry in the festival. Please note that food and beverage carry-ins of any type, including alcohol, are not allowed.
  • Any alcohol purchased inside the festival grounds has to be consumed or dumped out before leaving through the gates.
  • Beverage receptacles other than empty official Country Stampede mugs or empty water misters are not allowed.
  • Video recorders are not allowed.
  • No weapons are allowed on Country Stampede grounds, concealed or otherwise.  This includes guns and knives of any kind.
  • For safety and sanitation reasons we do not allow pets into the festival or campgrounds, service animals excluded.


  • If you are parking in our general parking lot you will want to purchase a three-day parking pass before the event. We stop selling these the Friday before the week of the event, and if you don’t have one you will have to pay for parking every time you come and go.
  • Tailgating is not allowed in the parking lots. 
  • Cars have to be removed from the general parking lot by 3 a.m.
  • Any vehicles improperly parked in the campgrounds or left overnight in the general parking areas will be towed and impounded.
  • 3-day car parking passes are not valid in any campground areas. 


  • We accept both cash and credit/debit at the festival. If you need cash, Kansas State Bank provides ATM machines around the grounds. 
  • An information booth is provided by the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau and is located on the southeast side of the festival. They provide a lost and found, and it is a great place to meet up with friends or family. They can also provide you with information about the festival as well as information about Manhattan and the surrounding area.
  • Performers, programs, and dates are subject to change without notice.
  • Free water is available from a water station.


  • We want everybody to have a great time, but please do so responsibly. If consuming alcohol, please do so in moderation or not at all if you are underage. We do have a zero tolerance policy in regards to underage drinking.
  • Do not provide alcohol to minors. We do have authorities watching out, so don’t ruin your weekend by providing alcohol to underage people.
  • Choose a designated driver.
  • Treat your fellow Stampeders and Stampede staff with respect.
  • Familiarize yourself with and follow all of the local laws and festival policies as they will be enforced.
  • Security and uniformed patrolmen are on-site to ensure safety at Country Stampede. If you experience a problem or an emergency, please contact one of them for assistance.
  • Medical and first aid services are provided by Riley County EMS and Blue Township Fire Department.
  • All persons attending the Country Stampede do so at their own risk. Owners, managers, promoters, sponsors, or others assume no liability.
  • We have the right to refuse service to anyone.
  • Your photo or video of you may be taken at the event. By attending the festival you give us the implicit right to use those photos or video in our promotional materials.


  • Are there seats available or do I bring my lawn chair or blanket?
    If you are a general admission ticket holder, please bring your lawn chair. To save room and for the comfort and convenience of other festival attendees we cannot allow lounge chairs or blankets as seating.
  • Are there handicapped accessible seating, restrooms, and parking?
    Yes, there is seating available to the left of the VIP section. This allows one handicapped individual and one guest. Seating is limited, so please ask other family members and friends to remain in the general seating area. Handicapped accessible restrooms are located a short distance away as well as other places on the festival grounds. To access the handicapped parking area you will need to display your state, city, or county hang tag or license plate.
  • What is the traffic like heading in to Stampede?
    Traffic does get a little heavy at certain times of the day. It is best to come early and stay late to avoid delays. Tune to 94.5 Country for traffic updates and weather.
  • Are children’s prices available?
    Children five and under get in free. Tickets for children ages 6-12 can be purchased online for a very low price. Click here for prices.
  • Do I need a special pass to get into the campgrounds?
    In order to access the campgrounds, you must have a three-day general admission, VIP, or reserved seating wristband. If you want to set up a campsite and park a vehicle or motor home you will need a three-day camping pass. Get more details here.
  • I know I can’t bring food or beverages into the festival, but can I bring a bag with wet-wipes, sun block, a towel, etc.?
    Yes. Please remember that all bags are subject to search by our gate security.
  • I heard that Country Stampede is moving from Manhattan. Is that true?
    We hear this rumor every year, and it is not true. Country Stampede will continue to be held at Tuttle Creek State Park.
  • How do I become a vendor?
    Click here for more information on becoming a vendor.
  • How does the three-day wristband work?
    You will exchange your paper ticket for a three-day wristband beginning Thursday morning at Campground Check-in or Thursday afternoon at either the east or west festival entrance gates. Take care of this wristband as it will become your passport to re-enter the festival for the entire three days. If it is removed or damaged it cannot be replaced. Wristbands are non-transferable and are void if tampered with. All wristbands will be placed on the right wrist.
  • I have Jump-the-Line Tickets. How many chairs can I carry in?
    Only one chair per ticket holder. Once Jump-the-Line gates have opened, we will not allow you to leave and re-enter until the regular gate opening time.

Useful Apps

Search for these essential apps on your iPhone or Android device.

  • GroupMe: Allows you to stay connected with your friends with a group text, regardless their phone & service provider. Keep in contact with your friends all three days! (Android | iPhone)
  • Find My Friends: Have everybody in your party to download this app to help you easily locate your friends on the festival grounds. (Android | iPhone)
  • Instagram: Post your pictures from the festival and hashtag #Stampede2014! Follow us on Instagram for a behind the scenes look at what goes on before the festival (@CountryStampedeOfficial) (Android | iPhone)
  • Twitter: Post your latest update from the festival to Twitter and hashtag #Stampede2014! Follow us on Twitter (@CountryStampede) to get our most recent updates! (Android | iPhone)
  • WaterIn: Don't forget to hydrate! Use WaterIn to set reminders to drink water throughout the day, alter settings to drink more on the hotter days! (Android | iPhone)
  • First Aid by American Red Cross: Gives step-by-step instructions on how to hand minor emergencies, tips, interactive videos, and advice for treating minor accidents! (Android | iPhone)
  • UltraViolet~UV Index: Keep up-to-date on the heat and use UltraViolet~UV Index to track the UV rays! This app indicates the risk you're at for getting a sunburn and will tell you how much sunscreen you need. (iPhone)
  • Sunscreen Reapplying Reminder: Don't let a nasty, painful sunburn ruin your time at the festival! Use this app to set reminders to reapply sunscreen, so you don't miss a beat! (Android | iPhone)
  • Zippos Lighter: Ignite your phone with this virtual lighter! Whip this out during the concerts or a nighttime for a source of light. (Android | iPhone)
  • AntiMosquito: Bothered by mosquitos? AntiMosquito produces repelling sounds to protect you from those pesky critters! (Android | iPhone)
  • Camping & BBQ Recipes: Find delicious outdoor camping recipes that are perfect recipes for your meals during the festival. You'll be sure to have a popular campsite with these recipes. (Android | iPhone)
  • Festival Buddy: Festival Buddy enables you to locate your tent quickly, and easily in the campgrounds. Snap pictures of your campsite and follow the GPS instructions, so you never get lost finding your campsite. (Android
  • MyCar Locator (Android) or Find My Car Smarter (iPhone): These helpful apps use GPS to help you find your vehicle after the show. (Android | iPhone)
  • Glympse: Allows you to share you location and how long you'll be there with your friends, so you'll never lose your group! (Android | iPhone)
  • Battery HD+: Monitor your battery and how long it has left with the Battery app. When your mobile device finally dies, visit U.S. Celluar's® booth to get your phone recharged. (Android | iPhone)
  • Packing: Make packing lists, check off items packed, share your lists, or get recommended packing lists. (Android | iPhone)


  • Kicker U: Need to install your multi-audio sound system? Download Kicker U for step-by-step installation instructions. (Android | iPhone)
  • Meritrust: No need to worry about finding a bank during the festival, Meritrust Online Banking App allows you to stay connected. (Android | iPhone)
  • CMT: Enjoy full episodes from your favorite CMT shows on your phone. (Android | iPhone)
  • Kansas Speedway: Your raceway info is at your fingertips. (Android | iPhone)
  • Hy-Vee: Hy-Vee’s outstanding customer service is in the palm of your hand with their mobile app. (Android | iPhone)

In Case of Bad Weather

pdfClick here to learn what to do in the event of stormy weather. Please print and bring with you to the festival.


Kicker Country Stampede hires several hundred applicants to put on the country music festival every June! We have a variety of positions available to choose from that offer the opportunity to make a little extra summer cash all while enjoying a fun atmosphere! Employees of the Country Stampede also get to enjoy the concerts when they are not working. All available job opportunities are listed below.


Job Descriptions

Event Ticket Sales

Typically filled by returning ticket sales employees

Event Ticket Sales employees sell festival tickets at the two entrance gates. Applicants will possess advanced Customer Service skills, be extremely accurate and of the highest integrity. Experience with credit card machines, computers, and cashiering are preferred.


Shifts begin one hour before gates open until one hour after the last act begins.

Parking Cashier

Employees sell general admission parking tickets. Cash handling skills needed for this task. Employees review parking passes on entering cars. Employee must be able to stand for long periods of time and will work in the sun and heat.


  • Thursday
    1st shift: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    2nd shift: 2:30 p.m. to Close
  • Friday/Saturday
    1st shift: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    2nd shift: 2:30 p.m. to Close
Starting Pay

$7.50 per hour

Campground Security

Campground security will need to fulfill a total of 60 positions which will consist of 10 supervisors and 50 security personnel. Security personnel will be responsible for providing the presence at all gates in which they will make sure all who wish to enter have the correct wrist band, provide accurate information to our customers in order to promote a more enjoyable visit, enforce all safety rules and regulations with professional attitudes, and be responsible and take care of all stampede equipment. Security personnel report to security supervisors. Supervisors will be responsible to make sure  their assigned personnel come in 30 minutes before shift change to receive their assigned colors and any other important information or changes for the day and are at their assigned positions on time, provide water/Gatorade at all gates and correlate the transfer of personnel for meal break, and coordinate with supervisors of next shift of any problems or procedure changes. Supervisors report to security leads.


  • First Shift: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Second Shift: 4 p.m. to Midnight
  • Third Shift: Midnight to 8 a.m.
Starting Pay

$7.45 per hour

Festival Security

Festival Security guards monitor and patrol assigned areas within festival grounds to minimize opportunities for theft, destruction of property, acts of violence or other illegal activities. They observe festival patrons to ensure they are abiding by the festival rules and regulations and provide crowd management as patrons enter, move within and exit the festival grounds. Festival Security guards are not required to or expected to take physical control of any patron but are allowed to use whatever force is reasonable and necessary to protect themselves or others from physical harm. Festival Security guards are expected to maintain positive patron relations at all times and work to resolve conflicts encountered at the lowest level possible. Festival Security guards monitor festival grounds for possible safety hazards and initiate requisite steps to resolve those hazards encountered. When required, Festival Security guards are expected to document incidents they witness or are involved in at the direction of a supervisor.

Festival Security Supervisor

Festival Security Supervisors, in addition to the duties required of a Festival Security guard, are expected to recruit, hire and schedule the requisite number of guards needed to properly monitor the area they are assigned. Festival Security Supervisors monitor the guards under their command to insure they perform all duties assigned. When required, Festival Security Supervisors are expected to document any performance issues that arise involving those under their command. Festival Security Supervisors will monitor the well-being of those Festival Security guards assigned to them and document their hours worked.

Festival Security Lead

Festival Security Leads monitor the Festivals Security Supervisors and insure they are performing their duties as assigned. Festival Security Leads have the authority to act on behalf of the Festival Security Manager and make decisions regarding the appropriate actions to take involving incidents related to the security and safety of festival patrons.


  • Thursday
    Festival Gates: 8:00 am to Midnight
    Festival Vendor Gate: 8:00 am to Midnight
    All other positions: 3:00 pm to Midnight
  • Friday-Saturday
    Day Shift
    Festival Gates: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Festival Vendor Gate: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    All other positions: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    Night Shift
    All Positions: 5 p.m. to Midnight
Starting Pay

$7.45 per hour

Backstage Security
(These are typically filled by returning backstage security employees)

Backstage security guards are responsible for verifying all credentials for anyone in the backstage area. They are responsible for securing the entrances and exits to ensure there is no unauthorized access into the backstage area.

Important: The majority of backstage security positions are typically filled by returning backstage security employees. If you have not worked backstage security before but are still interested, feel free to apply for this position just please be aware that most positions are filled by the returning employees.


**Shift times will vary for backstage security. Please ask you supervisor when he/she contacts you.**

Starting Pay

$7.75 per hour


Work at gates where patrons enter the festival grounds. When patrons enter the gates, your responsibility is to greet them with a "Welcome to Country Stampede!" and check their baggage for liquids, food, or weapons. You then scan their paperwork and put the appropriate band on them. Ticket takers are to dress appropriately with good shoes. No sandals and no short shorts. No smoking at the gate and no Country Stampede shirts are to be worn in festival grounds.


  • Thursday
    3 p.m. - Close
  • Friday thru Saturday
    12 pm – 6 p.m.
    5:30 pm - Close
Starting Pay

$7.25 per hour


Work at gates where patrons enter the festival grounds. When patrons enter the gates, your responsibility is to greet them with a "Welcome to Country Stampede!" and check their baggage for liquids, food, or weapons. You then scan their paperwork and put the appropriate band on them. Ticket takers are to dress appropriately with good shoes. No sandals and no short shorts. No smoking at the gate and no Country Stampede shirts are to be worn in festival grounds.


  • Thursday
    3 p.m. - Close
  • Friday thru Saturdayy
    12 pm – 6 p.m.
    5:30 pm - Close
Starting Pay

$7.45 per hour

Camp Check-In

Greet patrons in their vehicles as they arrive to camp. Check credentials, scan them, and place the correct wristbands on each patron and the correct stickers on vehicles. Scan tickets of walk-ups and place the correct wristband on them. Several employees will act as cashiers, and some will act as traffic control directing vehicles into the correct lanes.


  • General
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    4 p.m. to Midnight

Camping Check-In shifts begin Sunday, June 17 with the majority of shifts being filled for Tuesday evening through Saturday morning

Starting Pay

$7.45 per hour

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do employees get to attend the concerts?
    As long as you fulfill your employee shift for the day, you don't work during the concert, and you change out of your employee T-shirt, you are allowed access to the concerts that day. You must enter through the employee entrance only.
  • Do employees get to camp?
    We do offer an employee discount for camping. Call our office or contact your supervisors regarding a camping site.
  • What if our families want to go to the concerts?
    We offer tickets for family at a discounted employee rate. Please call us or contact your supervisor once you have been hired for the rates.
  • How old do I need to be to work?
    You must be at least 16 years old to work during the festival. If you are serving alcohol you must be at least 18 years old.
  • What happens after we apply?
    After you apply you should fill out the following forms: I-9, W-4, and K-4. Then the manager of the department you applied for will be contacting you approximately 2-4 weeks after you apply. If you would like to check on the status of your application, feel free to contact us via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), chat, or phone.
  • How will you be contacting me?
    We use email a lot, so please be sure to give an email address that you check often. We also will call you, so make sure you give a phone number where we can easily reach you.
  • How will I know when I've been hired?
    You will receive an email saying you are approved, and you will also be contacted by your supervisor.
  • Is there any training?
    There is a mandatory employee orientation on Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. The location will be Tuttle Creek State Park.
  • What do we wear?
    Employee dress code will consist of provided uniform T-shirts and jeans or shorts that are in good condition (contain no holes and are not tattered or frayed). Employees are required to wear closed-toe shoes. Sunglasses are permitted but cannot have mirrored lenses.
  • Do we have to purchase a parking pass?
    Employee parking will be provided in a specified location at no cost to working personnel. Workers will be required to show their employee wristband.
  • Is there an employee meal tent?
    Yes, there is an employee meal tent that will be open from 11:00 am to 7:30 p.m.. The cost of each meal is $6.00.
  • What if my question has not been answered here?
    Feel free to contact us via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), live chat, or give us a call at (785) 539-2222, and we can answer any question you might have!