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HODAG HISTORY & PAST PERFORMERS

Hodag from the SkyThe Hodag Country Festival has been proud to host some of the best country music artists since its inception in 1978. Take a look at our impressive list of past performers below.

In addition, we've had our band contest every year since 1981. Take a look at the list of talented performers who have earned the title "Wisconsin State Champion Performers".



Past Performers 

1st Annual
Aug 4-6, 1978

Freddy Fender
Jana Jae
Joe Stampley
Hank Thompson
Leroy Van Dyke

2nd Annual
July 13-15, 1979

Serendipity Singers
Bonnie Edwards
Jerry Clark
Joe Stampley
Stella Parton
Jana Jae
Mickey Gilley
Gary Puckett

3rd Annual
July 11-13, 1980

High & Lonesome
Marvin Rainwater
Del Reeves
Bandito Family
Ramblin' Fever
Jana Jae
Sonny James
Carl Whitt
Rex Allen, Jr.
Margo Smith
The Kendalls

4th Annual
July10-12, 1981

1st year of Band Contest
Ray Price
Texas Tradition
Dave Dudley
Moe Bandy
Rex Allen, Jr.
Jana Jae
Billy "Crash" Craddock
Louise Mandrell
R.C. Bannon
Big Al Downing
Boxcar Willie
Carl Whitt
Country Sunshine

5th Annual
July 12-14, 1982

Billy "Crash" Craddock
Hank Thompson
Donna Fargo
Ferlin Husky
Con Hunley
Penny DeHaven
Conway Twitty
Marge & Country
Sinshine
David Frizzell
Shelly West
Cal Smith
Bonnie Lou Bishop
Sugar Bush Hill
Allen Diblasio, MC

6th Annual
July 8-10, 1983

Boxcar Willie
John Conlee
Penny DeHaven
Razzy Baily
Jana Jae
Leon Everette
Jim Ed Brown
Mel Tillis
Janie Fricke
Reba McEntire
Bonnie Lou Bishop
Andy Jackson
Bob Everhart

7th Annual
July 13-15, 1984

Doug Kershaw
Charlie Pride
Mickey Gilley
Leon Everette
Helen Cornelius
Big Al Downing
Vern Gosdin
Jeannie C. Riley
Charly McClain
Earl Thomas Conley

8th Annual
July 12-14, 1985

Ricky Skaggs
The Whites
Moe Bandy
Kitty Wells
Tom T. Hall
Ronny Robbins & The Marty Robbins Band
John Anderson
Atlanta
Leon Everette
Jeanne Pruett
Billy Walker
Andy Jackson
Bonnie Lou Bishop

9th Annual
July 11-13, 1986

George Jones
Reba McEntire
Tammy Wynette
T.C. Sheppard
Dave & Sugar
Jack Greene
Eddie Rabbitt
Tanya Tucker
Lacy J. Dalton
Ronnie Prophet
New Moonlighters
Andy Jackson

10th Annual
July 10-12, 1987

Loretta Lynn
Lee Greenwood
Randy Travis
Forester Sisters
Ronnie Prophet
Little Jimmy Dickens
Leon Everette
Margo Smith
Jim Ed Brown
Andy Jackson

11th Annual
July 8-10, 1988

George Strait
Billy "Crash" Craddock
Bobby Bare
Leon Everette
Holly Dunn
Bellamy Brothers
Andy Jackson
The Judds
Johnny Russell
The O'Kanes
Big Al Downing
Ricky Van Shelton

12th Annual
July 14-16, 1989

Wayne Horsburgh
Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers
Ricky Van Shelton
Del Reeves
Leroy Van dyke
Dave Dudley
Jana Jae
Freddy Fender
Hank Thompson
Faren Young
Rex Allen, Jr.
The Oak Ridge Boys
The Kendalls
Gene Watson
Emmylou Harris
Dixie Harrison
Andy Jackson

13th Annual
July 12-14, 1990

Merle Haggard
Kathy Mattea
The Girls Next Door
Shenandoah
Wayne Horsburgh
Doug Kershaw
Patty Loveless
Porter Wagoner
Jett Williams & The Original Hank Williams Band
Mickey Gilley
Don Williams
Marie Osmond
Vern Gosdin
Becky Hobbs
Andy Jackson

14th Annual
July 12-14, 1991

Garth Brooks
Alan Jackson
Travis Tritt
Charlie Pride
Molly & The Heymakers
Neal McCoy
Brenda Lee
Wayne Horsburgh
Doug Stone
Dottie West
Pam Tillis
Suzy Bogguss
Lorrie Morgan
Ray Price
Andy Jackson

15th Annual
July 10-12, 1992

Vince Gill
Patty Loveless
Neal McCoy
Bobby Rice
Joe Diffie
George Jones
Becky Hobbs
Cissie Lynn
Asleep At The Wheel
The Remmingtons
Ricky Van Shelton
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Ronnie Prophet
Tammy Wynette
Mark Chesnutt
Wayne Horsburgh

16th Annual
July 9-11, 1993

Lisa Foster
Billie Ray Cyrus
Marie Osmond
Radney Foster
John Anderson
Michelle Wright
Ralph Emery
Molly & The Heymakers
Aaron Tippin
Leroy Van Dyke
Vince Gill
Williams & Ree
Kathy Mattea
Marty Stuart

17th Annual
July 8-10, 1994

Brooks & Dunn
Pam Tillis
Joe Diffie
Lorrie Morgan
Ronny Prophet
Jimmy C. Newman
Kitty Wells
Stonewall Jackson
Jack Greene
Becky Hobbs
Neal McCoy
Merle Haggard
Williams & Ree
Tracy Byrd
Wayne Horsburgh
Mark Chesnutt
Aaron Tippin
Confederate Railroad

18th Annual
July 14-16, 1995

Clint Black
Michelle Wright
Faith Hill
Willie Nelson
Bobby Bare
Ricky Lynn Gregg
Johnny Paycheck
The Tractors
George Jones
Janie Fricke
Terry Gordon
Yancy DeVeer
David Ball
John Anderson
Sawyer Brown

19th Annual
July 12-14, 1996

Neal Mc Coy
Terri Clark
Johnny Paycheck
Wayne Horsburgh
Stephanie Bentley
Emilio
Randy Travis
Tim McGraw
Faith Hill
Diamond Rio
Trisha Yearwood
Tracy Byrd
Sawyer Brown
Bellamy Brothers
Ty England
Jeff Carson

20th Annual
July 10-13, 1997

John Michael Montgomary
LeAnn Rimes
Daryle Singletary
BlackHawk
BR5-49
Doug Kershaw
Sammy Kershaw
Patty Loveless
Neal McCoy
John Conlee
Little Texas
Charley Pride
Pam Tillis
David Ball
Ray Price

21st Annual
July 9-12, 1998

Wayne Horsburgh
Big Al Downing
Lorrie Morgan
Collin Raye
Diamond Rio
Toby Keith
Tanya Tucker
Johnny Paycheck
Lonestar
Ricky Skaggs
Andy Jackson
Michael Peterson
Kenny Rogers
Neal McCoy
Trace Adkins
Deana Carter
Ricky Van Shelton

22nd Annual
July 8-11, 1999

Neal McCoy
Bryan White
Dwight Yoakam
Joe Diffie
Sawyer Brown
Lee Ann Womack
Martina McBride
Sammy Kershaw
Ozark Jubilee
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Rhett Akins
David Kersch
Junior Brown
Jim Ed Brown
Helen Cornelius
Michelle Wright

23rd Annual
July 13-16, 2000

Eddy Raven
Doug Kershaw
Bill Anderson
Chely Wright
Ty Herndon
Neal McCoy
Shane McAnally
Yankee Grey
Billy Dean
Suzy Bogguss
John Berry
The Wilkinsons
Lila McCann
Diamond Rio
Wade Hayes
Tracy Byrd
Trace Adkins
Jo Dee Messina
John Michael Montgomery

24th Annual
July 12-15, 2001

Janie Fricke
Billy "Crash" Craddock
Sherrié Austin
Sons of the Desert
Marty Stuart
Travis Tritt
David Ball
Rascal Flatts
John Anderson
Brad Paisley
Lee Ann Womack
Waylon Jennings with Jessi Colter
Eric Heatherly
Connie Smith
Chad Brock
Aaron Tippin
Neal McCoy

25th Anniversary
July 11-14, 2002

Wayne Horsburgh
Sammy Kershaw
Lorrie Morgan
Jerry Gordon
Big Al Downing
The Wilkinsons
Alabama
Jana Jae
Leroy Van Dyke
Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Darryl Worley
Blake Shelton
Neal McCoy
Tammy Cochran
Joe Stampley
Moe Bandy
Chad Brock
Toby Keith

26th Annual
July 10-13, 2003

Emerson Drive
Honky Tonk Tailgate Party
John Conlee
Tammy Cochran
Trick Pony
Diamond Rio
Helen Cornelius
Jim Ed Brown
Dierks Bentley
Joe Nichols
Trace Adkins
Neal McCoy
Restless Heart
Darryl Worley
Patty Loveless
Montgomery Gentry
Travis Tritt

27th Annual
July 8-11, 2004

Sherrie' Austin
Ronnie Milsap
Earl Thomas Conley
Asleep at the Wheel
Chris Cagle
Neal McCoy
Dierks Bentley
Jessica Andrews w/ Marcel
Pam Tillis
Mel Tillis
Joe Nichols
Vince Gill
Jimmy Wayne
Rebecca Lynn Howard
Mark Wills
The Oak Ridge Boys
Montgomery Gentry

28th Annual
July 7-10, 2005
Rachel Proctor
Charlie Daniels
Jeff Bates
Jamie O'Neal
Andy Griggs
Lonestar
Blue County
Ray Price
Jimmy Wayne
Phil Vassar
SHeDAISY
Neal McCoy
Gene Watson
Josh Turner
Tracy Byrd
Sara Evans
Big & Rich

29th Annual
July 13-16, 2006
Keith Anderson
Charley Pride
Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband
Billy Currington
Terri Clark
Neal McCoy
Shannon Brown
The Bellamy Brothers
Jason Aldean
Josh Gracin
Sugarland
Diamond Rio
Rhonda Vincent
Little Big Town
Tracy Lawrence
Joe Nichols
Brad Paisley

30th Annual
July 12-15, 2007
Trent Tomlinson
Mickey Gilley
Danielle Peck
Blaine Larsen
Trace Adkins
Wayne Horsburgh
Gary Nichols
Chris Young
Kellie Pickler
Rodney Atkins
Neal McCoy
Bomshel
Eric Church
Lonestar
Dierks Bentley
Montgomery Gentry

31st Annual
July 10-13, 2008
The Roadhammers
Roy Clark
Sarah Johns
Luke Bryan
Larry Gatlin and the Gatliln Brothers
Neal McCoy
Emma Mae Jacob
Connie Smith
Josh Gracin
Marty Stuart
Terri Clark
Joe Nichols
Lee Brice
Whiskey Falls
Jake Owen
Little Big Town
Reba

32nd Annual
July 9 - 12, 2009

Heidi Newfield
Glen Campbell
John Conlee
Phil Vassar
Miranda Lambert
Zac Brown Band
Julianne Hough
Darryl Worley
Sawyer Brown
Billy Ray Cyrus
Blake Shelton
Jamey Johnson
Eric Church
SHeDAISY
Merle Haggard
Neal McCoy

33rd Annual
July 8-11, 2010

Bucky Covington
Loretta Lynn
Joey + Rory
Craig Morgan
George Jones
Steel Magnolia
Gloriana
Jack Ingram
Neal McCoy
Dierks Bentley
Buxton Hughes
Bill Anderson
Eric Church
Billy Currington
Gary Allan

34rd Annual
July 7-10, 2011

Montgomery Gentry
Little Big Town
Rodney Atkins
Randy Travis
Travis Tritt
Neal McCoy
Kellie Pickler
Randy Houser
Uncle Kracker
Ronnie Milsap
Jason Michael Carroll
Laura Bell Bundy
Josh Thompson
Josh Kelley

Joe Diffie

35th Annual
July 12-15, 2012

Jake Owen
Ashton Shepherd
Craig Morgan
Trace Adkins
Katie Armiger
JT Hodges
Randy Houser
Lee Greenwood
Justin Moore
Eric Church
Hunter Hayes
Jerrod Niemann
Jo Dee Messina
Chris Young
Neal McCoy

36th Annual
July 11-14, 2013

Dustin Lynch
Don Williams
Jason Michael Carroll
Charlie Daniels Band
Big & Rich w/ Cowboy Troy
Kristen Kelly
Casey James
Colt Ford
Eli Young Band
Dierks Bentley
Leroy Van Dyke
Lonestar
Gretchen Wilson
Lee Brice
Neal McCoy

The 37th Annual Hodag Country Festival - July 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th, 2014

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