Dierks Bentley performs during the 14th annual Country Stampede music festival at Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kansas on June 26, 2009.
I photographed the first two days of the 14th annual Country Stampede at Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kansas on June 25-28, 2009. The four day event is one of the largest outdoor country music festivals in the United States. This year’s Stampede featured popular artists: the Lo Cash Cowboys, Julianne Hough, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Randy Rogers Band, James Otto, Sawyer Brown, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler and Phil Vassar. The festival drew 100,000 people to Manhattan from all across the midwest.