Campers And Vendors Come From Afar For Stampede

Campers And Vendors Come From Afar For Stampede

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People come from all over the country to the KICKER Country Stampede, both concert-goers and vendors.

One vendor came all the way from Tennessee.

Jambalaya from Jonbalaya. This generous portion cost 12 tickets.

John Heidelberg is originally from New Orleans. His food truck is called Jonbalaya and he specializes in cajun and creole cuisine.

Heidelberg says his wife is from Kansas and up until four years ago, they lived in Hutchinson. He says there’s one main reason they came to the Stampede this year.

“We love this area, we love spending time here, we love Country Stampede,” said Heidelberg. “We wanted to be part of it so we brought our truck all the way from Nashville.”

Heidelberg’s family came with him and help run the food truck. He says they hope to make the Stampede a tradition, they just need the support from the people. Jonbalaya will be at the KICKER Stampede all week long.

Campers come from all around the country, too. It is the third largest country music festival in the nation.

Karla Kalber and her boyfriend Richard Carr drove their camper from New England to come party with “real country people”.

“We wanted to party with real country people.  In New England, everybody can put their cowboy hats and boots on and they can see Justin Moore and then go home.  We wanted to come down here, spend some time, get into it and see how it’s done right.”

Many people show up Monday to start camping, and that’s the case with Carr and Kalber. Carr says they plan to camp until next Monday.

The festival ends Sunday night.