Country Stampede Rebrands As Heartland Stampede, Announces Luke Combs As Headliner

Country Stampede has permanently relocated from Manhattan, Kansas, to Topeka, to partner with Heartland Motorsports Park. The festival has now been rebranded as Heartland Stampede, with the 2020 festival slated for June 25-27. Luke Combs has been announced as the first headliner for next year’s fest.

“The Country Stampede had a great run for 23 years in Manhattan; our team members and sponsors are like family. We also have a strong partnership presence in the greater Topeka area, both with media partners and sponsors, and we are excited to bring the Heartland Stampede to Topeka, Kansas,” says Wayne Rouse, president of Heartland Stampede.

Country Stampede launched in 1995 and has featured artists including Taylor Swift, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw and more. The festival brings in an estimated eight million to the economy each year.

“Having the Heartland Stampede as the anchor of Topeka’s events gives a whole new meaning to our goal of being a festival city,” said Brett Oetting, president of Visit Topeka. “Wayne and his team have been tremendous to work with and we are excited to begin planning for 2020 and beyond. Heartland Motorsports Park is the perfect venue and this is a testament to Chris Payne’s commitment to Topeka.”


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