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| April 01, 2006

In addition to big stars, Country Fever features local and rising talent. Live music starts at 11 a.m. and plays well into the night. The festival also features good eats and plenty of it.

Four-day passes are available, and one-day passes can be purchased individually. RVs are welcome to the campgrounds. For ticket and schedule info, check out this site.

The Winstock Country Music Festival in Winsted, Minn., is a festival for serious country music lovers. Fans can camp right on the Winstock grounds and compete in this year’s themed campsite decorating contest, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” in honor of one of this year’s performers, Charlie Daniels.

Other artists include Blake Shelton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Terri Clark and new musical group Little Big Town. VIP tickets are available in advance, which include a VIP seating section, special parking, a hot, home-cooked meal every night and beverages all weekend.

Ticket prices vary with purchase of a camping pass. Check out the festival at this site.

Nashville is the hub of country music, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville is the place to see where it all began.

Be prepared to spend a whole day checking out the exhibits, the historic RCA Studio B ( Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio) and gazing at the hall-of-fame greats.

A two-year special exhibit, “I Can’t Stop Loving You: Ray Charles and Country Music,” celebrates the influence country music had on Charles as a young boy and how the genre impacted his own stylistic recordings of country songs.

Adult tickets are $16.95. For hotels, directions and ticket packages, log on to this site.

There are hundreds of country and bluegrass festivals all over the country, so try a Google search to find one near you.
–Rachel Telehany

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