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Country Thunder 2005 preview

Twin lakes, WI
July 20th - 24th, 2005

LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes
ZZ Top
ZZ Top
Keith Urban
Keith Urban

Preview by Phil Bonyata
Photos byTerry Mayer

Put on them dusty old cowboy boots and blow the trail dust offin' your worn out cowboy hat beacuse Country Thunder's roaring its way back to Twin Lakes, WI next week. Or if you're new to the game and want to be a cowboy for a day - you can purchase just about anything country related at the fest. The country honkfest runs July 20 - 24.
This year's five-day event features such heavy-hitters as Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Hank Williams Jr., Monthomery Gentry, Le Ann Rimes, Big and Rich, Cowboy Troy, The Charlie Daniels Band and ends the big dance with Sunday performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top. "It's quite a production, "General Manager Michelle Van De Bogert said in a recent news release. "Our customer service team is made up of local people who take the ticket orders, chart the seats and campsites, stuff the envelopes and process everything in our own proprietary computer system. Customers can place orders online at or over the telephone, and we work with our local post office to ship the tickets to the fans."
As of this week , only a few campsites remained. Everything is sold on a first come, fiest served basis, according to Office Manager Dorothy Durkin. "There should be tickets available to get into the show, but we will sell out of camping very soon," Durkin was quoted as saying.
For tickets and information visit or call (262)-279-6960.
CountryThunder Line-up
Wed. July 20
12:00 Big Guitars from Memphis
1:30 Sugarland
3:00 The Warren Brothers
5:00 Josh Gracin
7:00 Joe Nichols
9:00 Tim McGraw

Thurs. July 21
11:15 Colgate Country Showdown
12:30 Hello Dave
2:00 Drew Davis Band
3:30 Miranda Lambert
4:30 Laurie Hayes
5:30 Julie Roberts
7:30 Darryl Worley
9:30 Keith Urban

Fri. July 22
12:00 Michael Scott
1:00 Young Guns champ - Holly Staiton
2:00 Reckless Kelly
4:00 Billy Currington
5:30 Harry Luge
6:30 Sara Evans
8:30 LeAnn Rimes
10:30 Montgomery Gentry

Sat. July 23
11:00 Karaoke Contest
12:00 Jerry King & The Rivertown Ramblers
1:30 Shelly Fairchild
3:00 George Canyon
4:30 SheDaisy
6:30 Terri Clark
8:30 Big & Rich
10:30 Hank Williams Jr.

Sun. July 24
11:00 Karaoke Contest
11:45 Madison County
1:00 Cross Canadian Ragweed
2:30 Little Texas
4:00 Charlie Daniels Band
5:30 Special Guest - Chelsi Howe
6:00 Lynyrd Skynyrd
8:30 ZZ Top

Joe Nichols
Joe Nichols
Charlei Daniels Band
Charlei Daniels Band

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