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Grab your boots and cowboy hats, Big Country Fest is back!

  Jeanna Rogner is bringing back Michigan’s Big Country Fest to Frankenmuth’s Heritage Park and the Harvey Kern Community Pavilion.

  The two-day fest is set for Friday and Saturday, October 1-2, from 5pm until midnight both days. The pavilion is enclosed and it may be heated if necessary.

  Rogner is pleased to be able to hold the event, which was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  "Enjoy an inexpensive night out with loads of entertainment. From bands to bull riding, cowboy hats and cornhole, we have something for everyone,” Rogner said.

  Admission is $7 for adults and children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available online or at the door.

  The Big Country Fest is mostly a celebration of the music and Rogner has brought in four top-notch bands to perform on stage.

  On Friday evening, Billy Gunther & The Midwest Riders will open at 5:45pm. Raw authenticity and the sweetest soul north of the Mason-Dixon Line, Billy’s true heartland spirit soaks into the soil of every word he writes and every note he embraces with a raw plea for us to return to a simpler, more joyful way of living.

  The Family Tradition Band will follow The Midwest Riders at 9pm. Billed as one of the Midwest’s premier country rock bands, FTB has been making their own lane in the regional music scene by creating a professional, high-energy, live show that sets them apart from the rest.

  On Saturday at 5:45pm, the four-member Rebel Line band will kick off the evening. This group has performed in the Frankenmuth area over recent years, following its founding in 2017. Rebel Line is bare bones classic and modern country music for people who like to have a good time.

  Shiatown will take over at 9pm. Shiatown plays today’s current, hard-hitting modern country music. The band consists of seasoned musicians from the mid-Michigan area.

  When the gates open, the food, vendors and bar will be open and ready to serve patrons. The mechanical bull will be ready to be tested and the cornhole boards will be set up for play.

  On Saturday only, at noon, the fourth annual Kare & Serve Charity Cornhole Tournament will take place. To register teams, visit their website, or the Michigan’s Big Country Fest website.

  Free line dancing lessons will also be held both days, beginning at 5:15pm. Greg Jajo with In Cahoots Country Dance Club will be the instructor.

  The bar will have something for everyone, from craft and domestic beers, cider, a Bloody Mary Bar, alternative beverages, soft drinks and water. Beer flights will also be available.

  Food trucks, much like the Funtown Chowdowns during the summer months at Frankenmuth River Place, will be on site with a wide variety of menu offerings. There will be booths inside and outside the pavilion.

  The food vendors scheduled to attend include Bad Wolf BBQ, HQ Mobile Food and Kernel Benny’s Popcorn with retail vendors to include Sherman’s Tennessee Hot Crackers, Frankenmuth Ashes & Ales, Sellenberg Sweets, and Chemical City Derby Girls. There also be souvenir and photo booths.

  The 2021 Big Country Fest sponsors are the Frankenmuth Credit Union, Coor’s Light, Premier Promotions, Tri-County Equipment, Bavarian Inn Restaurant & Lodge, Emil Rummel Insurance, Frankenmuth Motel, Rau’s Country Store, Covenant HealthCare, Frankenmuth News, GLR Disposal, Frankenmuth Jellystone RV Park, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Tri-Star Trust Bank, Placemat People, Grasel Graphics, Precision Autobody, and Harvest Coffeehouse.



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