Hodag Country Festival Information

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The entrance sign of the Hodag Country Festival in 2012.

The Hodag Country Festival, founded in 1978, [1] is an outdoor music festival held each summer in Rhinelander, in Oneida County, Wisconsin, United States. The 2019 festival is scheduled for July 11th-14th, 2019. When the first festival was held August 4–6, 1978, it featured Freddy Fender and Jana Jae and had an attendance of about 500. It is named for the folkloric Hodag, first reported to exist in 1893 in Rhinelander.

The "Hodag" was founded by Bernie and Diane Eckert, Ernie Feight, and Ted Tschannen. Tschannen left after about two years, while Feight was part of the festival until 1994, when he sold his shares to the four Eckert children and the festival became an Eckert family business. After Bernie and Diane Eckert's deaths in 2002 and 2008, their children have operated the festival.

Held the second weekend in July, the festival has an estimated attendance of 30,000-50,000 each year. The Hodag Country Festival Campgrounds open on Saturday, July 6th, 2019 for 9 day ticket holders. 9 day tickets, 2 day tickets and 1 day tickets can be purchased by phone, online, and at established ticket outlets in Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan.

Popular country music stars have performed, including Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Neal McCoy, Kellie Pickler and Toby Keith. [2]

See also


  1. ^ "Hodag History and Past Performers". Hodag.com. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Hodag Country Festival". Hodag.com. Retrieved 21 May 2012.

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