Created: November 12, 2019 06:43 PM
(ABC 6 News) - On Tuesday, Country Thunder Music Festivals, North America’s largest country music festival brand announced a major artist lineup for the first annual Country Thunder Iowa, taking place in Forest City.
"We're pretty excited. We're looking forward to June already,” said Gerry Krochak, Director of Marketing & Media Relations for Country Thunder Music Festivals. "You're going to see a level of entertainment that's not been here before."
Under new management, the country music festival formerly known as Tree Town changed its name and date from Memorial Day weekend to June. The weekend full of entertainment will now take place on June 12-14, 2020.
"At the beginning, I think people were like, people have just been confused, ‘Is Tree Town still happening, is this on the same weekend, are we moving?’ Just a lot of chatter,” said Lexia Chamryk, general manager of Country Thunder Iowa.
Chamryk said the date change was due to unstable Memorial Day weekend weather and also to give farmers a chance to get out of the fields.
Country Thunder Iowa will also have a charity partner. Families of the Fallen is an organization that helps families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty attend the music festival.
"A lot of the ways we raise our money out there is we run the shower houses, the ice sales, we sell our merchandise out there. You'll see the families, they blend in, so you'll see us out there with these family members, just ensuring that they’re having the time of their life,” said Andrew Klein, president of Families of the Fallen.
"I think it's going to be the live music and then everything else that's surrounding it that's going to bring people back year after year,” Krochak said.
For the new festival on the block, Krochak says Forest City already feels like home.
"We're thrilled to be in Iowa. We've met so many great people. I love when you come to a community and you feel like you've known people for 20 years. That's the experience we've had,” said Krochak.
Artists set to perform in Country Thunder Iowa 2020:
Big & Rich
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