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Farmington Rotary’s Ramble Jam brings two days of music to the fairgrounds

Popular local band Rocket Club will play Ramble Jam for the third year.

Country music fans, clear your calendars next weekend, because you’ll want to be at the Dakota County Fairgrounds for sure.

Farmington Rotary’s Ramble Jam country music festival opens at the Dakota County Fairgrounds Sept. 20-21, and this year, it brings even more country music artists to town than ever before.

The 2013 festival features seven national artists this year, Farmington Rotarian Chad Collignon said. Friday’s headliners include Chris Janson, Frankie Ballard, Maggie Rose and Jerrod Niemann. Saturday’s national recording artists include Parmalee, Brett Eldredge and Rodney Atkins.

Local favorites Hitchville, Rocket Club, Lost Highway, Green and Hurst, Devon Worley Band, Hell Country Truckers and Two Hicks and a Chick round out the weekend’s performers.

Two stages will be set up at the fairgrounds.

“We continue to grow the event,” Collignon said. “This year, we’re moving it outside, and we have increased the capacity so more people will be able to enjoy the event. Fans will be able to bring in lawn chairs for general seating. We’ll have a VIP section again, and that will have an increased capacity, too.”

The VIP section offers standing room at the front of the stage, getting fans closest to the artists. It also offers a VIP saloon, where they can get their food and drinks with faster service and a little more “preferential treatment,” Collignon said.

Limited camping spaces are still available. The RV spaces are already filled, he said, but several spots for tent camping still remain.

With the early ticket sales and the number of campers registered, Collignon is optimistic about this year’s turnout.

“We’re probably looking at the largest crowd we have had in the past,” he said. “In the last two years, our attendance continues to grow, so we’re very optimistic.”

Rotary members started planning this year’s event not long after the end of the 2012 shows. It’s a lot of work, Collignon said, particularly because the planning committee is only about 24-members strong.

“But it’s a fun challenge. It’s a big event for 24 people to pull together,” he said.

Proceeds from the festival will go back to the community by way of Rotary’s local service projects and international projects.

Planners are still looking for a few extra hands to help out during the event, he added. Volunteers are needed for several different posts around the fairgrounds. For more information on volunteering, visit the Ramble Jam website, Ticket information, a full lineup and time are also available at the Ramble Jam site.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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