WAHOO – Traditional country and bluegrass music and a whole lot of entertainers will again be the stars of the Country Music Show next week in Wahoo.

The 22nd Annual Kennaston’s Country Music Show will start Thursday, June 20 and run through Sunday, June 23. Most of the activity will take place at the Saunders County Fairgrounds in Wahoo.

However, the music festival will feature a Thursday evening concert at Starlite Event Center west of Wahoo.

Country Music Show Organizer Sharon Kennaston said the first night concert seems to get bigger and better every year.

“It’s turning into the highlight of the show,” she said.

Next Thursday night’s entertainers include Tony Booth, Justin Trevino, Landon Dodd and Dennis Stroughmatt with the Heart of Texas Records Band.

Local and regional talent will again be on stage throughout the country music show. Kennaston said there will be multiple stages located throughout the fairgrounds.

Tommy Buller will be back this year too. Kennaston said he is from Omaha but is now making his name known in Nashville. Buller has performed at the Wahoo Country Music Show many times over the years.

Kennaston expected more than 300 entertainers and about 1,000 people to attend the show. The festival that has gone on for more than two decades sees many people come back year after year.

She has made many friends who are just like family now.

“The music is great, but it’s more of the family reunion,” she added.

While the show is just as big as ever, Kennaston said fewer people are camping out at the fairgrounds in recent years. That perhaps is generational style. Some of the older attendees who are coming to the show can no longer camp out and the younger crowd doesn’t camp out.

Still, it is expected that campers will start arriving this Sunday in preparation for the festival.

Kennaston said there has been some concerns this year with road detours because of flooding. She said regular folks coming from Iowa, for example, may have to find alternate routes.

Area people who don’t need to find alternative routes are encouraged to attend as well. Kennaston said the music at the festival may not be to everyone’s taste, but she hoped that area residents would support the show by at least stopping by.

“It’s more traditional music and lots of great dancing,” she said.

The dancing begins at 7 p.m. next Wednesday. Back by popular demand are the Danciest Dances in the West on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Three stages of music will be in use Friday and Saturday. A gospel show takes place Sunday morning.

Kennaston said she is hoping for good weather this year.

“Heat is the worst scenario and we deal with rain pretty much every year,” she said.

Kennaston is looking for people to help with next week’s festivities. She needs help with such activities as set up, gate admission and tear down. For more information, contact her at 402-936-0638.

For more information about the show and ticket prices, go to www.wahoocountrymusicshow.com.

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