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WE Fest concert-goers will have yet another weekend packed with big name entertainment like headliners Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn and Tim McGraw.1 / 2
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In its first year, 7,000 people attended WE Fest. For the past several, the Midwest's largest outdoor country music festival and campout has sold 48,000 tickets -- its self-imposed maximum occupancy.

Even in its first few years, WE Fest housed huge names in country music, like Merle Haggard, Alabama and Johnny and June Carter Cash.

These days, WE Fest is still bringing the best in country western to Detroit Lakes, where fans from throughout the United States congregate for a weekend of great music and plenty of partying.

But don't be deceived by WE Fest's happy-go-lucky demeanor -- it's also an earth conscious venture. Last year saw a 71-ton reduction of land fill waste, coupled with an average 17 percent recycling rate increase through WE B Green, Soo Pass Ranch's special event recycling program. This summer, the goal is to lessen landfill by upping composting, and to increase recycling by no less than 10 percent.

Another of WE Fest's attributes is its Karaoke Roundup, which began in DL and now stretches across six Midwest states. Since January, contestants have belted it out in hopes of winning cash, prizes, and the ultimate honor: to perform up on the main stage come August. This year, Cassandra Jopp, Katie Lynn and Chris Rogers beat out the masses and will each have the opportunity to sing before one of the three nights' big attractions.

So...which stars will shine in 2009?

Thursday, August 6

2:45 p.m. - Silverado

4:15 p.m. - 32 Below

6:15 p.m. - Sawyer Brown

8:30 p.m. - Trace Adkins

10:45 p.m. - Toby Keith

Friday, August 7

12:30 p.m. - October Road

2 p.m. - Jetty Road

3:30 p.m. - Joey + Rory

5:45 p.m. - Craig Morgan

8:15 p.m. - Taylor Swift

10:45 p.m. - Brooks & Dunn

Saturday, August 8

12:30 p.m. - Boomtown

2 p.m. - Katie Arminger

3:30 p.m. - Kellie Pickler

5:45 p.m. - Clint Black

8:15 p.m. - Big & Rich

10:45 p.m. - Tim McGraw

For more information or to get your tickets for one of this summer's biggest country music venues, visit For customer service, questions, or comments, email For questions concerning tickets, call 800-493-3378.