North Dakota's country music festival is back and growing for its third year.

“It’s Dakota’s own and we’re Dakota proud,” spokesman Bob Bliss said.

ND Country Fest is the largest country music festival in the Dakotas, and a big crowd is expected, with ticket sales considerably higher compared to last year, Bliss said. Exact figures weren't immediately available.

ND Country Fest is July 11-13 in New Salem, by the Salem Sue statue. There will be five performers each day, and a line dancing experience also will be offered. Headliners include county stars Jake Owen and Travis Tritt.

“Our lineup is new and old country,” Bliss said.

Ticket-buyers are from about 40 states, but the majority are from the Dakotas, Montana and Minnesota. The festival is “desiring to become a vacation destination,” Bliss said.

The festival is for people of all ages, but most who attend are 18-36 years old.

The Lineup

Thursday, July 11:

  • Zach Thomas at 5:30 p.m.
  • Rock Creek Band at 6:30 p.m.
  • Small Town Boys at 7:45 p.m.
  • Nasty Habit at 9:15 p.m.
  • The Kentucky Headhunters at 10:45 p.m.

Friday, July 12:

  • The Whiskey Creek Band at 4:30 p.m.
  • Silverado at 7:30 p.m.
  • Danielle Bradbery at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Charlie Daniels Band 9 p.m.
  • Travis Tritt at 10:45 p.m.

Saturday, July 13:

  • Badlands Jam at 4:30 p.m.
  • Brianna Helbling & The Outsiders at 5:45 p.m.
  • Blind Joe at 7:15 p.m.
  • David Lee Murphy at 9 p.m.
  • Jake Owen at 10:45 p.m.

More information can be found at ndcountryfest.com.

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