Miranda Lambert to headline Guthrie’s River Ruckus music festival in Iowa


County music singer Miranda Lambert is used to performing for sold out arena crowds.

But this July, the former “Nashville Star” contestant will headline a country music festival in Guthrie Center — a central Iowa town of about 1,500 people.

Guthrie’s River Ruckus is entering its 12th year, and despite its out-of-the-way location, the festival has drawn an impressive lineup of country music stars again this year.

Lambert heads up the three-day festival — July 23 to 25 — that includes country music talents such as Chris Janson, Granger Smith, John Michael Montgomery and Phil Vassar.

“She fits our demographic really well,” said Grant Sheeder, who organizes the festival with business partner Adam Faucher.

Around 8,500 people attended last year’s Ruckus, a dip from the 10,000 to 12,000 music fans that typically drive in from across the state, Sheeder said.

He said he expects attendance to increase with this year’s lineup.

Thursday, July 23

Sack of Lions
Cody Hicks
Jeremy McComb

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Friday, July 24

Brad Morgan
Phil Vassar
Riley Green
Chris Janson

Saturday, July 25

Logan Mize
John Michael Montgomery
Granger Smith
Miranda Lambert
Guthrie’s River Ruckus takes place at the Guthrie Country Fairgrounds, 408 W. State St. in Guthrie Center

Tickets and seating
There are several options for tickets and seating:

VIP tickets include drink tickets, private entrance, bathroom and access to the front of the stage. VIP ticket-holders also have access to the general admission area. VIP tickets come with four drink tickets ($190) or 10 drink tickets ($215).

GA tickets run $90 for the weekend. A weekend GA pass with six drink tickets is $115. Single-day ticket prices are not yet available.

The Star of the Ruckus pass allows a ticket-holder to bring along one active duty or veteran military member. The pass costs $120 (for two people) and there are only 100 available.

Seated ticket holders get a section where they can set up lawn chairs. Seated tickets are $130, and chairs are not provided.

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Camping spots are available for tents and campers. There is a general admission camping area or festival-goers can reserve a specific spot for their camper. Electricity is available at some spots. Costs range from $80 for tent-only camping to $180 to $270 for fully electric camper spots.

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