June 30, 2009 — Country Thunder USA, in its 17th year as one of the nation's leading festivals, will get big exposure next month on GAC. The four-day event — featuring Taylor Swift, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw and Rodney Atkins, among others — welcomes Suzanne Alexander, who'll cover the festival for GAC Nights and Top 20 Country Countdown.
"We couldn't be happier — having GAC on-hand to celebrate the weekend with us, and with the great lineup," Country Thunder executive producer Brian Andrews says. "Adding Neal McCoy will make Friday night a huge party. He puts on an incredible show."
Held in Twin Lakes, Wis., Country Thunder promises more than 30 acts during the run of the festival, including Tracy Lawrence, t he Lost Trailers, Restless Heart, Heidi Newfield, Diamond Rio, Jack Ingram and Terri Clark. It's filled out nicely by a number of newcomers such as Gloriana, Joey+Rory, Jason Jones, Colt Ford and GAC web series stars KingBilly.
The festival often draws 30,000 fans or more per day. Officials already expect the crowd will consume 5,000 pounds of hamburger and one ton of Wisconsin cheese, leaving 10,000 bags of garbage.