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WE Fest goin' again

The Midwest's favorite country music festival is rolling into town this month, making every effort to draw the crowds in again for 2010.

WE Fest will hit Soo Pass Ranch on Thursday, August 5, and keep the music booming and the party hopping through Saturday the 7th.

This year's lineup has something for every degree of country connoisseur, catering to all variations of the average and not-so-average WE Fest fan.

From acts new to the country music scene, like up-and-comer Jason Aldean, to WE Fest veterans like Kenny Chesney, the main stage will shine with talent both time-tested and prepared to prove its merit.

And from Minnesota-based Hitchville to worldwide phenomenon Kid Rock, the musical styles represented are widespread and fit for an audience that's anything but cookie-cutter.

With honky-tonk and bluegrass, old-school country and contemporary Nashville themes, mainstream rock-and-roll influences and soulful singer-songwriter vibes, as well as brash Southern rock, mournful blues and maybe even a hint of hip hop, the sounds will range from smooth and sweet to rough and tumble, guaranteeing that there's an artist to please everybody - whether you're wearing a cowboy hat or not.

Campsites are also available to accommodate the many lifestyles of WE Fest's followers. Whether you want to party until tonight becomes tomorrow or catch some Zs and reboot for another day of festivities, Soo Pass Ranch has a place for you - so long as you reserve it soon.

The festival also boasts the main stage debuts of this year's Karaoke Roundup winners. Shane Parsons of North Dakota and Lisa Fine and Stephanie Rollings of southern Minnesota will each open for one of this year's major acts: Kenny, Kid and Keith.

For those who can't wait until Thursday for the fun to begin, the Ranch House will host a Kick Off Party on Wednesday with WE Fest returnee 32 Below. A perfect lead-in for the rest of the weekend's entertainment, the bar will open at 4 and the band is set to start at 9.

From Thursday through Saturday, gates will open wide at 2 p.m., making way for the following acts and as many fans as can fit inside.

Thursday, August 5

2:45 p.m. - 32 Below

4:15 p.m. - Gloriana

6:15 p.m.- Randy Houser

8:30 p.m. - Montgomery Gentry

10:45 p.m. - Keith Urban

12:15 a.m. - Shane Wyatt on the Ranch Stage

Friday, August 6

2:45 p.m.- Troubadour

4:15 p.m. - Eric Church

6:15 p.m. - Blake Shelton

8:30 p.m. - Jason Aldean

10:45 p.m. - Kid Rock

12:15 a.m. - Troubadour on the Ranch Stage

Saturday, August 7

2:45 p.m. - Hitchville

4:15 p.m. - Joe Nichols

6:15 p.m. - Gretchen Wilson

8:30 p.m. - Dierks Bentley

10:45 p.m. - Kenny Chesney

12:15 a.m. - Hitchville on the Ranch Stage

For all your ticket and campsite needs, check out and, or call 1-800-493-3378.