Hodagers Want Seats at the Front

After 25 years, the Hodag Country Music Festival has plenty of traditions, but one of the most important is the annual chair line.

Fans line up a day or two in advance to place their lawn chairs at the front of the stage. When the signal is given, the line moves forward at a fast walk as everybody moves to get the best seat.

Security guards constantly tell people to slow down as they get to the front of the stage and set up their seat for the weekend.

Every thing goes smoothly, and fans only have a few more hours to wait before the music begins.

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History of the Hodag Country Festival

  • This event started in 1978, and has been proud to host some of the best country music artists.

  • The Hodag Festival has had some pretty impressive names on their list of past performers:
    • Conway Twitty
    • Reba McEntire
    • Tammy Wynette
    • Tanya Tucker
    • Randy Travis
    • Loretta Lynn
    • George Strait
    • The Judds
    • The Oak Ridge Boys
    • Garth Brooks
    • Alan Jackson
    • Travis Tritt
    • Vince Gill
    • Billie Ray Cyrus
    • Kathy Mattea
    • Brooks & Dunn
    • Clint Black
    • Faith Hill
    • Willie Nelson
    • Tim McGraw
    • John Michael Montgomary
    • LeAnn Rimes
    • Patty Loveless
    • Tanya Tucker
    • Jo Dee Messina
    • Neal McCoy
    • Lee Ann Womack
    • Brad Paisley

About this year's Hodag Festival

  • Festival Campgrounds open on Saturday, July 6, 2002 at 6 a.m.

  • All campers must have a nine-day ticket in their possession to be admitted to the campgrounds. Camping is not allowed with daily tickets.

  • The chair line will start no earlier than 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10. Each person in line may tend up to eight chairs.

  • Carry-ins are allowed, but coolers must fit under your chair. Coolers must not block the aisle, and they must be carried in.

  • A few rules for the Entertainment Area:
    • No pets.
    • No chaise lounge chairs
    • No beer kegs.
    • No squirt guns.
    • No glass containers.

  • The Festival has:
    • Outdoor amphitheater
    • Rain or Shine shows
    • Lawn Chair Seating
    • Handicap seating area
    • Concession stands on grounds
    • Modern flush toilets and ample porta-potties
    • Showers on grounds
    • Adequate RV dump stations
    • Primitive, seasonal campground
    • Shuttle busses are available for transportation to and from the overflow camping and parking area
    • Jumbo-Tron screen - not a bad seat in the house

For more information, visit our source: ">http://www.hodag.com/ (The Hodag Country Festival Web site)

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