GENERAL FESTIVAL QUESTIONS
Q What is Winstock?
A 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, MN, and the 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, camping, and fun.
Q Where is Winstock?
A Winstock is located at the festival grounds a half mile south of Winsted, MN. Winsted is located about 35 miles west of Minneapolis, MN. GPS address: 3233 230th Street, Winsted, MN 55395
Q When is Winstock? When are future Winstocks?
A Winstock 2023 will be Friday-Saturday, June 16-17, 2023.
Winstock 2024 is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, June 14-15, 2024.
Note future year dates may vary by up to one week due to talent availability and the way the calendar falls.
Q How much is general parking? Where is handicapped parking? Where can I park my motorcycle?
A Parking will cost $15 per vehicle, per day, or $25 for the weekend per vehicle to park in our general parking lot. Please follow signs to designated areas. Handicapped and motorcycle parking is available near VIP parking.
Q What time do the gates open?
A Gates to the festival grounds open at 2 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Q What is the bag policy for the concert area?
In an effort to enhance security measures at Winstock, as well as to decrease the time it takes to get into the concert area, Winstock organizers have adopted the following bag policy:
ALLOWED IN CONCERT AREA
• Up to one clear bag per person not exceeding 12″ x 6″ x 12″ and one small clutch bag/purse/fanny pack (with or without a handle or strap) no larger than 4.5″ x 6.5.”
• Diaper bag, provided it is accompanied with a proper-aged child, and properly inspected at the gates.
• Medical-necessary equipment bags after proper inspection at the gates. The only items allowed in such bags are medical-necessary items.
Please note all bags are subject to inspection at the gates before being allowed into concert area. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: backpacks, lawn chair bags, coolers, large purses (purses larger than a clutch), luggage of any kind, computer or camera bags, or any bag larger than the permissible size.
Bags found to be in violation of this policy will not be allowed into the concert area and must be returned to campsites, vehicles, or otherwise disposed of. Winstock and its security team will not accept responsibility or liability for any bags or prohibited items not allowed in the concert area.
Q Can I bring a cooler into the concert area?
A No, coolers and outside food/beverage are not allowed in the concert area (including Thursday night). Personal food and drink is allowed in the campgrounds.
Q What happens if it rains?
A In the event of inclement weather, the show will be interrupted and 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 inclement weather.
Q – Can I purchase an extra vehicle pass at the event?
A – Yes, extra vehicle passes may be purchased at the campground entrances at a cost of $40.
Q: Can I use a credit card to purchase drink/food tickets?
A: Yes, credit cards are accepted at both ticket sales locations and transactions are subject to a 2 percent surcharge. Look for the window indicating credit cards accepted here at each booth. ATMs are also on site for your convenience. All sales are final.
Q Does Winstock offer food for guests with dietary restrictions?
A Winstock has a variety of food vendors on-site but ultimately provides festival-style offerings. If you have specific dietary needs, we recommend you bring your own to accommodate your need.
Q What are the details of the Thursday night spaghetti dinner?
A The Winsted Fire Department will host its spaghetti dinner Thursday, June 15 in the Winstock food tent area from 4-9 p.m. (or until gone). The cost is $12/person. The fire department will not be serving meals at the fire hall in 2023 – the dinner will take place at the Winstock grounds only.
Q Can I bring my pet to Winstock?
A No, pets are not permitted at Winstock, including in the campgrounds. Service animals are welcome and must remain on leash and harness at all times. Service animals must also be registered in advance of the event by e-mailing email@example.com. Additional service animal policy will be communicated during that registration process.
Q What are the alcoholic beverage options in the concert area?
A Miller Lite, High Life, Leinie’s Summer Shandy, White Claw Black Cherry, Mike’s Lemonade Zero, Cayman Jack Margarita, White Claw Vodka Pineapple,Twisted Tea Original, Angry Orchard Crisp, Summit Extra Pale Ale, Summit Saga IPA, Summit Saga Hazy IPA, Summit Twins Pils, Lone River Ranch Water, Nordeast (VIP). Note not all selections are available at all stands. Craft beers available at the Craft Beer tent only.
Q What are the meals in VIP each night? When are meals served in VIP?
A Friday night: Pork chops, cheesy hashbrown potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, veggies/dill dip, desserts.
Q Is there taxi/ride service to and from any local hotels?
A Unfortunately nothing formal, though guests may always check Uber and Lyft apps to inquire about availability.
Q How can I meet my favorite artist at Winstock?
A Some artists provide meet and greet opportunities via their websites/fan clubs. Also, listen to our radio network for any contests stations may be running leading up to Winstock and visit radio station booths on-site for additional opportunities.
Q How can I submit a band/artist request for consideration to play a future Winstock?
A Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with website and social links, music links, EPK, and contact information. Unfortunately, not all submissions may be responded to.
Q What is your COVID policy?
Winstock organizers will continue to consult with and follow any guidelines that may be set forth by local, state, and/or national public health officials. As Winstock is outdoors, it is encouraged that anyone concerned about increased risk of exposure spread out and distance themselves from others. Attendees and volunteers are also encouraged to wear a mask if they wish to do so. Disposable masks will be available at no charge at the Winstock Information Tent. Organizers also ask that if you are exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19, please do not attend Winstock. The health and safety of fans, volunteers, artists and their crews, and the community of Winsted is the committee’s number-one priority.
Q What is your policy on FILL IN THE BLANK?
A Our general policies and guidelines may be found HERE If you do not find an answer to your question, please e-mail email@example.com or call (320) 485-4287.
Q How much are tickets?
A Please refer to our ticket page as pricing is subject to change year to year.
Q Can I buy a single-day pass?
A Unfortunately we are unable to offer single-day passes to Winstock.
Q I ordered my tickets but haven’t received them in the mail. When will they be coming?
A Tickets and camping passes begin being mailed in early April for the year’s event, and then continue to be mailed on a weekly basis up until two weeks before the event. Tickets or camping ordered after that time will be available at will call on-site. See specific timing for when tickets will no longer be mailed on our ticketing page.
Q How do I obtain handicapped parking/seating/campsites or request ASL services?
A Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (320) 485-4287.
Q Can I buy tickets locally?
A General admission tickets are available in Winsted at the following businesses: Blue Note Bar and Ballroom, Glenn’s SuperValu, Keaveny Drug, and Keg’s Bar.
Q Will Winstock donate tickets to my fundraiser?
A Please e-mail email@example.com ATTN: Donation request with details of your cause. Please note as Winstock is a fundraising event itself, not all requests can be accommodated.
Q Does Winstock offer a military/senior discount on tickets?
Active military personnel may purchase general admission tickets at earlybird price by calling (320) 485-4287 up to one week prior to the event. We are not able to apply this discount to online orders. No senior discounts are offered.
Q How old does a child have to be before a ticket is required?
A Any child 6 years of age or older requires a ticket for admission.
Q How can I buy/sell tickets without getting scammed?
A Tickets purchased online at winstockfestival.com, locally at Winsted’s retail outlets, or by calling (320) 485-4287 are the only official Winstock ticket sale points. If you purchase resale tickets elsewhere, you risk purchasing counterfeit or invalid tickets. NOTE: Winstock does not distribute any tickets digitally/electronically.
Q How many sleeping units can we have in one campsite?
A Winstock policy states one sleeping unit and one vehicle per campsite. If there is room, one extra vehicle may park at the campsite, provided it has an extra vehicle parking pass.
Q Do I need to have a ticket to the event to be in the campgrounds?
A Yes. Anyone attending any part of Winstock must have a ticket/wristband. Anyone found in violation of this policy is subject to removal from the grounds and may face a trespassing charge.
Q How old do I have to be to purchase a camping pass?
A You must be 18 or older to purchase a camping pass at Winstock.
Q When can I come mow my campsite?
A You may come Wednesday night the week of Winstock to mow the grass. No overnight camping is permitted on Wednesday night.
Q Are generators allowed in the campgrounds?
A Yes, generators are allowed in the campgrounds provided you are respectful of your neighbors, and quiet hours are observed.
For additional campground policies, please click HERE
Q I would like to be a food or merchandise vendor at Winstock. Who do I contact?
A Please e-mail a summary of your business including its history, products or services offered, and any other relevant information to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. Please note not all requests may be responded to.
Q I would like to become a Winstock sponsor. Who do I contact?
A Please e-mail information about your business to email@example.com ATTN sponsor inquiry or call us at (320) 485-4287.
Q I would like to volunteer at Winstock. Who do I contact?
A Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and a committee representative will reach out to you.
If you do not find the answer to your questions above or elsewhere on our website, or need additional assistance or clarification on anything, please contact email@example.com or call (320) 485-4287. Thank you for your interest in and support of Winstock Country Music Festival.