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Hodag Country Music Festival opens Thursday | WSAU News/Talk 550 AM · 99.9 FM

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is providing security at Hodag. Image Courtesy: WAOW TV

RHINELANDER, WI (WSAU) — Northwood’s biggest party starts Thursday.

The Hodag Country Music Festival kicks off with performances by Brett Westgrove, Neil McCoy and Ashley McBride on the main stage. It’s an event that never gets old for the spectators and those behind the scenes, including WDEZ’s Bryan Scott who has covered the event for over 10 years.

“It’s different from any other country music festival I’ve been to because it’s a family reunion. Everyone’s just so nice and there’s no drama or anything like that you sometimes have with the bigger festivals. It’s really the biggest and best party to come to northern Wisconsin.”

Scott credits the festival’s family-owned structure with keeping the atmosphere small, even as the event has grown. “They never charge extra for better seats. There are no VIP seats, everyone has an equal chance of a great view.”

Parts of the festival began earlier this week with pavilion shows and Wednesday’s chair line, which allowed campers to take their place on the lawn in front of the main stage. Jenna Jane kicks off the main stages at 4:30pm on Thursday.

The music continues on Friday with Chase Rice and Bailey Zimmerman. For complete four-day lineup, click here.

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