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Trace Adkins, Dwight Yoakam, Craig Morgan and Sawyer Brown headline the July 4-7 festival east of Paulina

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The Lazy Rockin' Stirrup Ranch Country Music Festival returns this summer.

The permit has been granted, the performers are scheduled, and the stage is set for the Lazy Rockin' Stirrup Ranch Country Music Festival.

Headliners Trace Adkins, Dwight Yoakam, Craig Morgan and Sawyer Brown will head to the Paulina ranch for the Thursday through Sunday, July 4-7 festival.

"Our permit right now is for 7,500, and we're feeling with the talent that we have booked that we will sell that many tickets easily," said festival director Tammy Van Vleet. "Trace Adkins and Dwight Yoakam do that on their own."

The four-day festival not only features the country music artists, but numerous other musicians as well as a bull-riding event, pool tournament, camping, food and a beer garden.

This will be the second time Van Vleet has put on the festival at her father's ranch, which is located east of Paulina.

Van Vleet was raised on a ranch in Northern California and now lives in Corvallis and puts on events across the country. She organized a country music event so she could do something with her dad, John Giorgi, and share it with others.

"His brand is the Lazy Rockin' Stirrup, so it's the Lazy Rockin' Stirrup Country Music Festival," Van Vleet said. "That's been his brand all of my life, and it was derived from my grandpa's brand, which was the stirrup."

Van Vleet had to jump some hurdles when applying for a mass gathering ordinance in the fall of 2016. Ranch neighbors were concerned about traffic congestion, wildfires and noise.

But, the festival got a green light from the county and featured comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy as well as musicians Dustin Lynch, Diamond Rio, RaeLynn and Chase Bryant. The June 29 through July 2, 2017, festival drew around 1,500 people.

Van Vleet had wanted to put on a 2018 festival, but she was unable to get a permit in time. She said the Crook County Community Development Department was rewriting the permit guidelines after the 2017 Symbiosis event and had not finished as of her Dec. 15 deadline.

"We decided to take the summer off," Van Vleet said, adding that this time around, she had an application turned in a year in advance, and the process went much smoother.

Having the approval earlier made it easier to secure the headliners for the 2019 festival.

"This time, we've decided to go with the bull riding and the music, and we've stepped our music talent up quite a bit with the two major headliners that we have," Van Vleet said.

Craig Morgan, whose hits include "That's What I Love About Sunday" and "International Harvester," will take the stage Thursday, July 4.

On Friday, July 5, the Sawyer Brown band will perform some of their hits, such as "The Race is On" and "Some Girls Do."

Nashville icon Trace Atkins, who sings "You're Gonna Miss This" and "This Ain't No Thinkin' Thing," will also perform Friday.

Saturday, July 6 features country singer Dwight Yoakam, whose hits include "Guitars, Cadillacs" and "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere."

In addition to the headliners, several other bands will take the stage throughout the festival.

So far, Van Vleet has booked Fogline, of Medford; Billy Lund and Whiskey Weekend, of Grants Pass; Redwood Son, of Portland; Jessica Lynn, of New York; and Barbara Nelson, of Idaho, who Van Vleet called a "country grandmother."

"The Panoche Creek Band is coming up from Fresno, and he was actually a roping buddy of my dad's when I was growing up, so it's really neat to have a bunch of cowboys," Van Vleet said.

She has four other performers from the Pacific Northwest that she hasn't announced yet.

The Challenge of Champions Tour bull-riding event is set for Saturday afternoon.

"We've got a mechanical bull that'll be there to tie into the theme of the bull riding," Van Vleet said.

The event will have several food vendors, and they are also planning a pool tournament in the billiard tent.

"We're working right now on an alternative to fireworks. We're looking at a laser show," she said. "Since it is the Fourth of July and we aren't able to do fireworks, we want to do something that's a little different but that will still celebrate the holiday."

Rory Rodgers of Calvary Chapel of Crook County will lead a cowboy church service Sunday morning along with a country band that will play worship music.

"It's going to be really a fun weekend of a lot of music, and, really, I look at it as family time," Van Vleet said. "We have a lot of friends and family that come and really love camping out at the ranch."

A General Admission Weekend pass is $99, a Choice VIP Weekend Pass is $165, and a Prime Pit Weekend Pass is $200.

Festival goers can choose from the Tailgater Exclusive Experience for $3,000 to $60 camping passes. RV passes range from $99 to $300. Glamping (glamorous camping) options are also available at the glamping village.

A parking pass is $10, and extras, such as showers, ice, T-shirts and the early check-in pass, can be purchased online in advance.

Van Vleet said they did get some pushback initially from the Paulina folks before the first event, but the festival crew hosted a barbecue for the whole community.

"It was so well-received, and it really turned into a positive thing. It was so nice to get to know the people of Paulina," she said, adding that neighbors are embracing the event this time around.

She looks forward to the summer festival that highlights the Prineville and Paulina area.

"We're excited to bring everybody out to the ranch," she said.

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Lazy Rockin' Stirrup Ranch Country Music Festival

Dates: Thursday-Sunday, July 4-7

Location: East of Paulina

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.LRSfest.com.

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