General Winstock Information
Winstock 2020 – 27th Year! June 12 & 13, 2020
Winstock is one of the Upper Midwest’s premier outdoor country music and camping festivals organized entirely by volunteers, with all proceeds from this event used to help fund private education for students from Winsted and surrounding communities. More than 1,000 people volunteer more than 5,000 hours to bring you the opportunity to enjoy country music’s finest entertainment, food, and fun. The Winstock committee and each student hope you will have a great time at Winstock 2020 and thanks you for your continued support and patronage.
- Mini-Biff Rental
- 2021 Presale Orders
- Winstock Policies
- Rain or Shine
- Bus Service
- Things to Bring
WINSTOCK is located adjacent to the Winsted Airport in Winsted, Minnesota. Winsted is located approximately 35 miles west of Minneapolis. If you travel west on Highway 7, turn north on McLeod County Road 1 for three miles, then turn west on McLeod County Road 5 and follow the signs. If you travel west on Highway 12, turn south on Wright County Road 6 (east side of Howard Lake) for seven miles, then turn west on McLeod County Road 5 and follow the signs.
WINSTOCK Festival grounds offer a large concession area, beverage tent, medical and handicapped facilities, 24-hour security, primitive camping, country music vendors, and more. There is an ATM on site.
Camping at Winstock has proven to be a great way to enjoy the festival atmosphere with family and friends. Winstock camping offers primitive sites (25’ x 35’) with no running water or electrical hookups. Fresh drinking water and ice will be available at the main campground. All campsites are by reservation and will be held for you. Shuttle buses to and from downtown Winsted will be provided Saturday from 7 – 11:30 a.m., on the half-hour, stopping at the SuperValu parking lot, downtown corner of 2nd and Main, and the Blue Note Bar & Restaurant. Camping sites for WINSTOCK 2021 will be available for sale at this year’s event.
WINSTOCK camping offers primitive sites only with no running water or electrical hookups. We do not allow open campfires (self-contained only – subject to the fire marshal approval), and each campsite is limited to one sleeping unit. We provide fresh water, medical facilities, and one free vehicle parking pass per campsite. No pets are allowed. Campground admission will be open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday and starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday. All campsites are reserved and will be held for you – so there is no rush to get to your site. For anyone interested in breakfast, we will be running a shuttle bus every half-hour starting at 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The bus will stop at the Blue Note & downtown Winsted.
When you enter the campgrounds, you will be issued garbage bags for cleanup. Please make sure your site is clean before you leave. Also, every effort was made to assign the campsites that you requested, but as the campgrounds filled up, the next best available site was given. Those of you that requested multiple sites together may notice that your campsite numbers are not in sequence. This is due to the fact that they were placed back-to-back to each other. Please visit the camping page to view a campground layout. For the benefit and safety of our campers, Winstock will be providing 24-hour security at the campground entrance. Only authorized vehicles will be allowed to enter. To speed up the process of entering the campground, please make sure that everyone in your vehicle has purchased a concert ticket so that they can be banded at this time. Remember that everyone in the campgrounds must have a concert wristband. In the event of wet weather, some or all of our campsites may have to be moved. We will do the best we can to keep your sites together but it may not be possible, so please bear with us. If you have any questions regarding your campsite, please call our 320-485-4287 and our operators will try to answer any of your questions. Thank you for your continued support and remember to renew your campsite for Winstock 2021 at the information tent.
No private biff-style portable toilets will be allowed in the campgrounds. If you would like to rent a mini-biff for Winstock weekend, click on the link below for a rental form and please return it to WINSTOCK by May 10, 2020. (2020 RENTAL FORM COMING SOON)
All 2021 presale orders that are made by credit card will be processed at the event this year.
Ticket orders for the 2020 festival will be mailed around April 1, 2020.
In order for all of us to have a safe and enjoyable weekend, everyone must abide by the following rules:
- In consideration for others, no umbrellas, lounge chairs, golf carts, or ATVs.
- No guns are permitted anywhere on the WINSTOCK grounds.
- WINSTOCK is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets, personal injury or loss, theft, or damage to personal property.
- Please be aware of your surroundings, as WINSTOCK assumes no liability if you become injured.
- WINSTOCK has the right to inspect persons or parcels.
- All campfires must be in self-contained units, subject to Fire Marshal approval when conditions are approved by the Fire Marshal.
- Food or beverages may not be brought into the music area.
- All chairs must be removed from the music area after the last performance. Please have your name on your chair.
- Must be 21 or older to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages in any WINSTOCK area. Violators will be ejected.
- No keg beer or large amounts of alcohol in any WINSTOCK area.
- Must be 18 or older to purchase a camping permit.
- People in the campgrounds must wear a concert wristband at all times. No one is permitted on Winstock grounds without a valid wristband.
- No audio or videotaping of any kind is permitted.
- Quiet time in the campgrounds will be enforced from 1 am – 7 am. This also includes electrical generators.
- No animals allowed.
- Persons violating policies will be ejected and may be subject to prosecution.
- No refunds to anyone ejected for rule violations.
- By attending WINSTOCK, you acknowledge and agree that your photo may be used in future promotional materials.
- Please carry a picture ID with you at all times.
- No couches or furniture allowed in the camping area.
- No tailgating in WINSTOCK parking areas.
- No riding in backs of pickups.
- No drones allowed over the Winstock grounds.
- Beacon usage is prohibited on all Winstock grounds.
- No professional-quality cameras will be allowed in the concert bowl.
- Due to safety and insurance concerns, no outside food or beverage will be allowed into the concert area during the Thursday night beer tent party.
- Camping/parking pass must be displayed on vehicles at all times.
- No live music stage shows or any activity in the campgrounds that promotes large gatherings, selling or distributing alcoholic beverages, and any other soliciting.
VEHICLE RULES: All vehicles must fit in your campsite and have an appropriate vehicle permit. Only one sleeping unit and vehicle per site.
Gates will open on Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the gate opening may be delayed. When entering through the main gates, you will exchange your ticket for a wristband. This wristband must be worn at all times. Just show your wristband each time you go through the gates.
In the event of inclement weather, the show will be interrupted and will resume as soon as weather permits. Tickets are sold on a “rain or shine” basis, and no refunds will be given for delays or cancellations due to bad weather.
Parking will cost $10 per vehicle, per day while attending Winstock. Please follow the signs to designated areas. Motorcycle parking will be available near VIP parking.
Bus service is available between the campgrounds and the festival site.
A lawn chair that you bring yourself is standard WINSTOCK seating. WINSTOCK will not be responsible for lost or stolen chairs. No chairs may be placed in the viewing area until the gates open Friday at 2 p.m. or Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The music area will be cleared of chairs nightly.