Organizers of the Kicker Country Stampede festival in Kansas are preparing for potential flooding of the festival's site and have announced a location change for the upcoming event. Severe weather in the Manhattan, Kan., area has moved the festival a short drive away, to a location in Topeka.

The Kicker Country Stampede festival, now in its 24th year in 2019, is traditionally held at Manhattan's Tuttle Creek State Park. However, heavy rains in the area are threatening the festival grounds and nearby areas, KWCH reports, prompting organizers to move the event to the Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, about 45 minutes away.

“Safety is our main concern. The severe weather prompted us to partner with the good folks over at Heartland Motorsports in Topeka ... to ensure all of our concertgoers will be out of harm's way," says Wayne Rouse, president of Kicker Country Stampede, in a statement. "We are maintaining the integrity of what we currently have in place to our new location."

Kicker Country Stampede 2019 is scheduled for June 20-22; Jason Aldean, Old Dominion and Jake Owen are headlining the event. Tickets are available at, and festivalgoers with questions about the festival's venue change can contact organizers at or 1-800-795-8091.

Kansas is just one of the states in the central United States currently experiencing flooding. According to CNN, "a total of 70 river gauges along the Mississippi River and its tributaries are experiencing major flooding, and another 104 are seeing moderate flooding." More than 10 million people in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and other states are under flood warnings, and more heavy rain is expected.

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