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Get ready for a hot time at Hodag!

The annual Rhinelander, Wisc. based Hodag Country Music Festival will open it’s gates to northern Wisconsin country music fans starting Thursday, July 7 and features a host of freewheeling fun of non-stop country music! For the 2011 season, Hodag returns with a star-studded lineup some of the best in the country music, including headliners Randy Travis, Rodney Atkins, Little Big Town, Montgomery Gentry and festival mainstay Neal McCoy. All of the artists are fully equipped to please fans with a variety of rockin’ country music hits at this Wisconsin Country Music festival.

First things first. For those who rely on GPS-assisted directions, in order to avoid traveling too far off the correct path, organizers urge festival-goers to check the festival address stored in their GPS devices. The Town of Pine Lake, Wisc, changed the “rural route” fire number of the Hodag Festival Grounds to 4270 River Road. However, most GPS systems might not have updated with this recent change. Therefore, using the old address may not point to the correct location. Festival organizers urge patrons to their devices prior to departure.

Once you arrive. What would a country music festival be without a themed drink day! This year, there will be a special “Coozie Day” and “Hanky Day” give-a-ways and a Drink of the Day! For each Drink of the Day purchased, imbibers are entered into a drawing to win cool prizes.

The main pavilion, located to the east of the main Hodag stage, will become the center of attention with a pre-festival kick-off starting Sunday, July 2. Housing souvenirs, information and, most importantly, the alcoholic beverages, the pavilion is where country fans can start the week off right with music by local and regional acts, along with Karaoke and a new Bloody Mary Bar. For those who feel they might be off the beaten path a little too much, a non-denominational church service will be held on Sunday, July 10 starting at 10 a.m.

Tickets range from $60 – $120 and can be purchased locally in the greater Rhinelander area. Visit for additional information.



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