DOSWELL (May 20, 2014) — K95 CountryFest at The Meadow will bring a full day of country fun back to the country June 28 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline Country. Newly-added Frankie Ballard will join national recording artists Travis Tritt, Greg Bates, Sam Hunt and Lindsay Ell. New activities will include competitive bull riding and barrel racing; mutton bustin’ for children; the CountryFest Playground with separate kids’ and adult games and rides; a cornhole tournament; a variety of foods and beverages; shopping opportunities; and much more.
Country music, which will begin at noon and alternate on two stages, will serve as the centerpiece of the festival. Ballard, whose hits include Helluva Life and A Buncha Girls, will join legendary performer Travis Tritt, who played at the inaugural CountryFest in 2001, in his return to the event. Sam Hunt, who co-wrote Kenny Chesney’s No. 1 single Come Over as well as Cop Car for Keith Urban, also will perform, as will Lindsay Ell, whose debut single Trippin’ on Us is a hit on country radio. Ell, recently named one of Country Music Television’s Next Women of Country, will tour with The Band Perry this year.
Also slated to play are the HonkyTonk Heroes, voted Best Richmond Country Band in Style Weekly‘s “Best of Richmond” reader poll, and the Virginia-based Alex Hilton Band, which has toured extensively and recently played the legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville.
Music fans can take a break between sets at the new CountryFest Playground, which will have separate attractions for kids and adults. The Playground will feature an inflatable cow-shaped bounce house, a giant inflatable slide and a barrel train for children. Adults can enjoy an adult-size inflatable water slide, bungee run and obstacle course, along with mechanical bull rides.
The music will stop at 8 p.m., but the fun won’t, as the focus shifts to The Meadow’s Equine Complex with exciting bull riding and barrel racing from 8:30 to 10. The popular rodeo attractions will feature some of the best regional cowboys and cowgirls and the thrill of fast, dirt-kickin’ action! As a warm up, beginning at 8 p.m. little buckaroos under 60 pounds can take part in the mutton bustin’ competition. Participants—in safety gear—will attempt to ride a sheep rodeo-style and stay on for at least 8 seconds.
Also new this year is the CountryFest Cornhole Tournament, in which guests can compete for cash and prizes. Teams must register in advance; registration includes admission for two to the festival. The tournament will be produced by Richmond Cornhole, and details are available atk95countryfest.com.
Gates open at 11 a.m., and music will begin at noon. Advance tickets are on sale now at k95countryfest.com. Adult general admission is $25 in advance through June 26 and $35 at the gate and includes parking, all concert performances and the bull ride and barrel racing events. Tickets for children ages 5 to 12 are $10, with kids 4 and younger admitted free. Food and beverages and additional activities will be available for additional purchase. Shoppers will find a variety of merchandise like boots, hats, belt buckles and other Western-wear; leather goods; jewelry; gift items; and more available from CountryFest vendors.
Also new this year is the VIP Country Club Experience, in which guests will be treated to an exclusive catered lunch and dinner, along with drinks and access to a special VIP area throughout the day. The VIP Country Club Experience is $75 per person; tickets are available through June 23.
For complete details and to purchase tickets, visit k95countryfest.com. Details also are available on the event’s Facebook page.
Contact Jay Lugar, 804-539-3226; Pam Wiley, 804-290-1128; or Greg Hicks, 804-290-1139.
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K95 CountryFest, a collaboration between Richmond radio station WKHK and The Meadow Event Park, is part of a signature series of events scheduled to take place in 2014 at the venue.
The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, Va., is the birthplace of Secretariat and home to the State Fair of Virginia. The Meadow is owned by Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, which is committed to preserving Virginia’s rich agricultural heritage and ensuring that the property thrives as a regional event and equine venue.