Tumbleweed Festival promises great music, family fun

A crowd assembles on the West Green at Lee Richardson Zoo during a past Tumbleweed Festival. This year’s event is scheduled for Aug. 24-26.

By SCOTT AUST, FCEDC Director of Communications

A late summer tradition, the 27th annual Tumbleweed Festival is just two weeks away, promising another great weekend of family fun including food, music and children’s activities.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the great atmosphere of the West Green at Lee Richardson Zoo for the three day event August 24, 25 and 26.

Whether your musical preference is country, Americana, folk, bluegrass, jazz, funk, Latin or pop prepare your ears for some fantastic talent.

“Like in years past, our goal is to provide great entertainment for the entire family,” said Sean Collins, president of the Tumbleweed Festival board. “We’ve got some great children’s entertainment, arts and crafts projects as well as a fantastic lineup for adults.”

Jerrod Niemann, Rick Trevino Headliners

Nashville recording artist Jerrod Niemann headlines the Friday night slate at the festival. Originally from Liberal, Niemann has recorded three albums that have produced a combined 10 Top 40 entries on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, and has also co-written singles for the likes of Garth Brooks and written songs recorded by Chris LeDoux, Mark Chestnutt and others. As a singer and songwriter, Niemann has sold more than 20 million albums and downloads.

“He’s got a style that ranges from the oldest school to the new style of country that is very popular right now,” Collins said.

Collins is excited about that opening night on Friday, Aug. 24.

“This is a really good night for us,” he said. “In addition to Jerrod, we’ll have a couple of local legends opening up for him, those being Kaylee Keller and Twin Country.

“In the past we’ve used Friday night as a showcase for local bands, and we wanted to up the ante on that this year by bringing in a guy who’s from western Kansas who’s made it huge in the music world, as well as Twin Country which has been in the Garden City music scene for decades, and then our own rising star, Kaylee Keller.”

Country music artist Rick Trevino will headline on Saturday night. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Trevino has “an old school country feel,” according to Collins, and sings in both English and Spanish. Trevino signed his first record deal in 1993 and issued his debut single, “Just Enough Rope,” that same year, which was the first mainstream country music single to feature separate English and Spanish language versions. He’s released eight studio albums and five compilation albums during his career.

Other artists and performers at the festival will include Shannon McNally, Split Lip Rayfield, Making Movies, Dream Feed, The River Arkansas, Diana Herold Quartet, Adam Capps Band, Martin Gilmore Trio, Twin Country, El Son Lagunero, Kaylee Keller, Tivoli Club Brass Band, James Lee Baker and Haven Alexandra.

“We’ve really tried to bring in as many different styles of solid, live music to entertain anybody and everybody,” Collins said.

You can access more information about all these artists through links on the festival’s website: www.tumbleweedfestival.com.

Get Up and Sing

One new thing being introduced this year is the Busker Stage that will essentially allow anyone to get up on stage and sing on Saturday and Sunday.

“Anyone with a song in their heart can sign up and be a part of the festival. It’s kind of like an open mic thing,” Collins said.

Collins said more details including a sign up process will be released on Facebook soon.

The Kid’s Stage will feature the Sugar Free Allstars; Comedy magician Eric Vaughn; Eulenspeigel Puppet Show; STEPS Dance School; and Sideshow Terry’s Comedy Stunt Show.

The festival will include a variety of food and drink vendors, including Pinky’s Grilled Cheestro, Divine Dips, WAMS Tropical Snow, Palla’s Funnel Cakes, Kelley’s Festival Foods, Fun Time Concessions and the Ole Chuckwagon BBQ.

There will be a beer garden during the festival, featuring beer brewed right here in Kansas. On Friday, all tips received at the beer tent will go to support the Leave a Legacy Foundation, and tips on Saturday and Sunday will go to support the Finney County Young Professionals organization’s future projects. Those who wish to volunteer to work at the beer garden can find sign up information on the Finney County Young Professionals Facebook page.

Also look for arts and crafts, roving performers and balloon animals, Mr. Bones, face painting, Lego tables and more.


Admission is by wristband. Wristbands cost $35 for the entire weekend, or $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Children under 10 get in free.

Wristbands can be purchased online through the festival website www.tumbleweedfestival.com, or at the following locations: Dillons East and West, Garden City Arts, Patrick Dugan’s, The Corner on Main, The Safari Shop, Family Bookhouse, Golden Plains Credit Union, and High Plains Public Radio in Garden City; Dillons in Dodge City; Dillons and Golden Plains Credit Union in Liberal; Heartland Foods in Scott City; Golden Plains Credit Union in Ulysses; and High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo, Texas.

2018 Tumbleweed Festival Schedule


Friday, Aug. 24

  • 6:30 p.m. – Kaylee Keller
  • 7:30 p.m. – Twin Country
  • 8:30 p.m. – Jerrod Niemann

Saturday, Aug. 25

  • 6 p.m. – Dream Feed (formerly Miguel Dakota and the Differents)
  • 7 p.m. – Split Lip Rayfield
  • 8 p.m. – Rick Trevino



  • 10 a.m. – James Lee Baker
  • 11 a.m. – Shannon McNally
  • Noon – Diana Herold Quartet
  • 1 p.m. – Haven Alexandra
  • 2 p.m. – Martin Gilmore
  • 3 p.m. – Kaylee Keller
  • 4 p.m. – Adam Capps
  • 5 p.m. – TBA


  • 12:30 p.m. – Kaylee Keller
  • 1:30 p.m. – Martin Gilmore Trio
  • 2:30 p.m. – Diana Herold Quartet
  • 3:30 p.m. – Adam Capps
  • 4:30 p.m. – Shannon McNally
  • 5:30 p.m. – James Lee Baker



  • 10 a.m. – Adam Capps Band
  • 11 a.m. – Split Lip Rayfield
  • Noon – Martin Gilmore Trio
  • 1 p.m. – Shannon McNally
  • 2 p.m. – The River Arkansas
  • 3 p.m. – Diana Herold Quartet
  • 4 p.m. – Tivoli Club Brass Band
  • 5 p.m. – Making Movies


  • 12:30 p.m. – Tivoli Club Brass Band
  • 1:30 p.m. – Dream Feed
  • 2:30 p.m. – The River Arkansas
  • 3:30 p.m. – Split Lip Rayfield
  • 4:30 p.m. – El Son Lagunero
  • 5:30 p.m. – Making Movies



  • 10 a.m. – Terry’s Comedy Stunt Show
  • 10:45 a.m. – Eulenspiegel Puppet Show
  • 11:30 a.m. – The Magician Eric Vaughn
  • 12:15 p.m. – Sugar Free Allstars
  • 1 p.m. – STEPS Dance School
  • 1:30 p.m. – Terry’s Comedy Stunt Show
  • 2:15 p.m. – Eulenspiegel Puppet Show
  • 3 p.m. – The Magician Eric Vaughn
  • 3:45 p.m. – Sugar Free Allstars


  • 12:30 p.m. – Eulenspiegel Puppet Show
  • 1:15 – Sugar Free Allstars
  • 2 p.m. – Terry’s Comedy Stunt Show
  • 2:45 p.m. – The Magician Eric Vaughn
  • 3:30 p.m. – STEPS Dance School