Central Wisconsin natives shine on Hodag center stage

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(WAOW) — Hodag 2019 featured its share of central Wisconsin-bred talent Thursday.

Brett Westgrove is now living in Nashville but is originally from the greater Wausau area.

Westgrove said he has heard about Hodag his whole life, but now he’s actually in the event — and on the main stage.

“It’s been amazing. I’ve heard from so many people that I grew up with, just people from my hometown that maybe I’ve never met but are so supportive,” Westgrove said. “It’s just been incredible.”

Change this year isn’t just limited to Westgrove, however. The Nashville-based Northern Lights band also introduced their share of changes from 2018 — including a different look for Garrett Thorn, as News 9’s Neena Pacholke spoke with the group.

“It was a cosmetic change,” laughed Thorn in regards to his new haircut. “I had an emotional breakdown and cried a little bit, but it was fine,” Thorn joked.

In addition to the Northern Lights, Aaron Watson and the Roots and Boots Tour also took the Hodag stage Thursday.

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