42nd annual Hodag Country Festival comes to an end

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RHINELANDER, Wis. (WAOW) — After four days of music on the main stage, the 42nd annual Hodag Country Festival has come to an end in the Northwoods.

Despite some people being sad that it was the final day of the festival Sunday, others were just as excited for the acts as they were on Thursday.

“It’s been a great event, great friends, great weather and good times,” Craig Kersemeier of Weston said.

Other than some rain on Friday, the sun shinned for majority of the country festival.

Old Dominion, Lady Antebellum and Neal McCoy were the final acts of each night. Others artists at the festival included Brett Westgrove, The Northern Lights, Aaron Watson, The Roots and Boots Tour (Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw, and Collin Raye), Michael Ray, LOCASH, Brandon Lay, Lindsay Ell, Shenandoah, Gary Allan, Jake Rose, Terri Clark, The Marshall Tucker Band and LANCO.

“[It’s] getting bigger and bigger, more and more people are coming. They’re finding it’s a really cool festival to get together. You know, you’ve got some others that are out there and no discredit to them but this is where it all began,” Kersemeier said.

Those at the festival said after McCoy’s concert was over, it’s already time to start planning for Hodag 2020.

Hodag 2020 will be July 9-12, 2020.

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