Herald JournalHerald Journal, May 23, 2005

New permanent stage part of Winstock

By Ryan Gueningsman
Staff Writer

A new stage has been constructed over the past year at the Winstock grounds, making a permanent landmark that will soon be graced by countless nationally known country and Christian music singers.

The festival, which has taken place just outside of Winsted for the past 11 years, features some of the best talent country music has to offer. This year, the show is set for Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, with artists SHeDAISY, Craig Morgan, Glen Campbell, and Lee Ann Womack, among others, signed to perform.

The stage itself, about 100’x44,’ has loading docks, and in the next few years, electricity is being planned, rather than the current generator power. It was also made handicapped accessible, with a wooden ramp being built on one side.

“This is what we envisioned when we started planning this,” said Winstock Committee Member Dick Langenfeld, who organized the project.

Also new at Winstock ‘05

• Raffle tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the chance to win one pair of VIP tickets in the front half of the Winstock VIP section for the next five years. Only 600 tickets are available, and will be sold for $20 each at the Winstock information, souvenir, pulltab, and VIP tent, with the drawing taking place Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.

• This year’s campsite contest is “Rhinestone Cowboy,” after one of Winstock hit-maker Glen Campbell’s famous songs.

Decorate campsites with Rhinestone items and pre-register Friday, June 3 at the Winstock information booth up until 9 p.m. Many prizes will be awarded for the best decorated sites, and will be announced Saturday, June 4 after 2:30 p.m.

• Also new at Winstock 2005 is the Emerging Artists stage, which is set to feature some of the hottest up-and-coming acts out of Nashville.

Perhaps the most notable band hitting the Emerging Artists stage is Sugarland, which has skyrocketed to the top of the music charts twice with its songs “Baby Girl,” and most recently “Something More.”

Also performing on this stage are fellow newcomers Keith Anderson, who has hit big with “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” new duo Hanna-McEuen, and local favorites Chace Roberts, Rockie, and Connie (Kappel) Sather and the It’s About Time Band, which features Kappel, who is from Winsted and the daughter of Fran and Carol Kappel.

“It was suggested that we look at having some emerging artists at Winstock to add something new to the concert,” said Winstock Committee Member Bonnie Quast. “It also gives young artists the chance for some exposure, and gives us the chance to watch them grow as artists from the time we hire them until they play at Winstock.”

She also noted that rather than having music played through speakers in between acts on the main stage, live entertainment will now be another experience people can take in.

• Already signed to perform at Winstock 2006 are legends Charlie Daniels and Roy Clark.

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