We couldn’t have asked for better weather this year and it was another amazing year of performances!
Dave Danielson, Chairman of the Winstock committee, gave us his thoughts on the event this year. “The weather really gave us a break this year. As Saturday rolled around, it looked like we might have gotten hit with some rain and inclement weather in the afternoon, but thankfully it dissipated and moved south. It stayed clear in Winsted other than a slight shower during Diamond Rio’s set and some rain into Saturday morning. Unlike last year, all the shows went on as scheduled.”
Each year we strive to put together the best lineup possible, including some of today’s hottest acts, classic acts, and exciting up-and-coming acts. “Our fans were excited to get into the concert area early this year to hear some great new artists – especially Ashley McBryde, Midland, and Cassadee Pope. The future is bright for country music!” exclaims Danielson. “Little Texas was our diamond in the rough this year with their two sets on the West Stage. They had some of the biggest crowds I’ve ever seen around that stage. I heard a lot of good comments on the new and improved larger West Stage from our Winstock fans.”
This year featured one returning country star as Friday night’s headliner, Jason Aldean, and also brought to the stage a new group to close out the festival on Saturday night, Old Dominion, each with a different country sound. “Jason Aldean brought all of his hits to the Winstock stage and even extended his set time to perform longer for the Winstock crowd. Old Dominion also performed everything the fans wanted to hear and did a great job showcasing the songs different band members wrote for other artists during their set”, Danielson added.
2019 also brought new improvements to the festival grounds. Danielson commented on a couple of the bigger changes, “Another noticeable improvement to the grounds this year was the expansion of our south concession ticket booth from three windows to six. It doubled in size and greatly reduced the amount of time people had to spend in line. We also put in a granite walk path around the entire perimeter in front of all the vendors, just in case of rain.”
As with many large festivals, cell service and connectivity brings its own challenges and the Winstock committee wants to let folks know that it’s definitely not something that is being looked past. Danielson assured, “We are continually working to improve connectivity and communication ability during the Winstock weekend. Unfortunately, we did not get to where we had hoped to be with this in 2019, and we will continue working on ways to improve service in our off-season.”
A final note from Danielson on Winstock ’19, “As always, we want to thank all of the volunteers, sponsors, and everyone who helps us make this a successful event year after year. It couldn’t happen without them, as well as all the loyal fans who come enjoy Winstock each June.”
Winstock 2020 will be June 12 & 13. An announcement was made at this year’s event of our headliners for next year, so stay tuned for additional lineup updates on here on our site and on our social media platforms.