Tumbleweed Festival to kick off Friday

Country singer Cassadee Pope is headlining this weekend’s Tumbleweed Festival.

Get your lawn chairs ready!

This weekend, the annual Tumbleweed Festival returns to the beautiful West Green at Lee Richardson Zoo with another slew of entertainers across the  musical spectrum including country, rock, bluegrass, Americana, folk, Christian and more.

This year, the 26th annual festival is expecting to again draw several thousand people to see 21 acts perform on four stages from this Friday through Sunday.

“We’re super excited about this year’s lineup and additions. We wouldn’t be able to pull this event off if it weren’t for the help of the City, the Zoo, our sponsors, and the organizations that give us grants. This year will be great!” said Sean Collins, festival board vice president.

Friday night features local and regional acts, starting at 6 p.m., including Russ and Debbie Tidwell, Cottonwood and Cypress, Guns on Mars and The Ziggowatts.

Collins said Saturday is the biggest day, and will include the likes of Split Lip Rayfield and headliner Cassadee Pope.

Split Lip Rayfield

Hailing from Wichita, Split Lip Rayfield’s music draws on a variety of influences and is hard to classify though they have been called a mix of bluegrass, alt-country and cowpunk. The group will play Saturday at 1 p.m. on the east stage and 4 p.m. on the south stage, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday on the south stage.

Since winning the third season of The Voice, Cassadee Pope has been embarked on a solo career. Her debut country album, Frame by Frame, debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Album charts in October 2013. She will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday on the north stage.

Other entertainers this weekend include Mike Fuller, Two Faces West, Miguel Dakota, Longtooth & the Hounddogs, The Adam Capps Band and the Coteries, El Son Lagunero, and Fresh Picked Parsley.

The festival hosts four stages, one specifically for kids entertainment. There are also arts and crafts for kids, as well. New this year is a beer garden for the big kids. There is also a great selection of festival foods and drinks. Go to www.tumbleweedfestival.com to find more information on all the entertainment and a full schedule.

Ticket prices are $30 for the whole weekend, or $10 on Friday, $20 in advance for Saturday ($25 at the gate), and $10 for Sunday ($15 at the gate). Kids 10 and under get in free with a paying adult.

Tickets may be purchased online through the tumbleweed festival website, or at the following locations in Garden City, including Lee Richardson Zoo Safari Shop, Dillons East and West, Patrick Dugan’s, Golden Plains Credit Union, Corner on Main, Garden City Arts Center and High Plains Public Radio studios. Tickets are also available at Dillons in Dodge City and Liberal, Golden Plains Credit Union in Liberal and Ulysses, Heartland Food in Scott City, and High Plains Public Radio studios in Amarillo, Texas. Tickets will also be available at the gate for a higher price.

The Tumbleweed Festival is a nonprofit organization run entirely by a board of volunteers.