For three days, Tooele County will be descended upon by 22 country music artists, including some of the biggest names in the biz.
Country Explosion will be held from July 19 to July 21 at Miller Motorsports Park. Six to eight musicians or bands will play each day. The festival, now in its third year, has more than doubled in participation since it began in 2011.
On July 19, Scotty McCreery, Gloriana, Craig Campbell, Lucas Hoge, County Red and Firefly are set to play. The Band Perry will be featured on July 20, as well as Clay Walker, Mark Willis, Tate Stevens, Parmalee, Jagertown and Mark Owens. Billy Currington, LeAnn Rimes, Kellie Pickler, Randy Houser, LoCash Cowboys, Katie Armiger, Bootleg Boulevard and Eric Dodge will finish off the festival on July 21.
Concert times vary by day and artist. A full schedule can be found at countryexplosion.com.
Tickets range in price from $73 for one-day general adult admission to $555 for a three-day “Mega VIP” pass. One-day general admission tickets for children between ages 4 to 12 are $38 each. Camping is also available from $95 to $175, both for all three days.
According to the festival’s website, the zip line, go-cart center and other activities will also be available for festival-goers, as will booths and games specifically for younger children.
Attendance is anticipated to be between 10,000 and 17,000 patrons each day, according to the website. Because of this influx into Tooele County, event organizers asked that the variable message signs in the area alert local drivers of the increase in traffic, said Wade Mathews, public information officer for Tooele County.
“The planning committee has requested that we help educate the public that there will be high traffic in the area this weekend. They’re estimating 15,000 people will be there each day. I don’t think we’ve done anything this big before,” Mathews said. “They will try to do some traffic control and route eventgoers different direction and keep some routes open for local traffic and emergency traffic, so there will be some different traffic patterns this weekend.”