The Flats, The Flounder, And The Great Flat Country Music Festival
With their deep blue accents and thick, earthy tones, the Flat Country music festivals are among the most famous and revered music events in the country.
For decades, they have been held in the rugged mountains of western Wisconsin and beyond, but in recent years, the annual events have been replaced by the flat country music festival, the Floundering Flat Country Festival, which began in the 1950s.
And now, thanks to the popularity of its newest addition, the Great FlatCountry Music Festival, the genre is getting its own big-time event.
The festival, which is held annually on the Great Flounderal, is a big hit at the festival circuit.
It’s also the second-largest annual event in the Flatlands, according to the Great Lakes Region Festival Directors Association, which represents the region’s music industry.
“We’re seeing people coming out of the woodwork,” said Chris Wessel, the group’s director of programming.
“They’re coming to the festival for the bands.
And they’re coming out to the music, and they’re going to the water and the lakes.”
Wessel said Flat Country fans have traveled all over the world to see the bands and the water, including to see Flounders Flat Country in Germany.
They’ve also attended events in other parts of the country, including the Great Plains and the Midwest, he said.
But while Flat Country is the main attraction at Great Flomeeral, Wessel said the festival has become a bigger draw for people in other states.
“When people are coming out, they’re not going to stay in Wisconsin,” Wessel explained.
“It’s just a different, unique festival experience.”
The Great Floming Flat Country festival was founded in 1951 and is held in a remote, rugged region of western and northern Wisconsin.
Wessel described the event as the “biggest, biggest festival in the state of Wisconsin.”
Wessel and other Great Lakes region festival directors have been in contact with the Flatland Band and the Great Bluegrass Music Festival about hosting the festival.
They said that they are hopeful that the FlatLand Festival will take place in the Great Falls area in the coming years.
“We have talked to the band and the festival director and they’ve said we’re interested,” Wessles said.
“Hopefully, we’ll get to see it before the end of the year.”
For many years, Flat Country was the big-name music event at the GreatFlounderal festival.
Wsel said that since 2010, the festival attracted over 10,000 people to its grounds and brought in over $20 million for the local economy.
But that number has been shrinking in recent times.
In 2016, the event was canceled after only two years of being held.
“I think it was because they didn’t feel like the festival was the right fit for the community,” Wesson said.
In 2019, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources closed the festival grounds and replaced them with a smaller, grassy area.
The Flatland Festival also lost a large amount of revenue, with some festival officials saying the event had lost money over the years.
But Wessels hope the festival can rebound and bring in more money for the Flat Lands community.
“If we can build the festival here in the region, then we can continue to grow the festival and bring it back and attract more people, which in turn will bring in a lot more money,” Wesses said.
The Great FlatLand FlatCountry Festival is the second annual festival in a small, remote, forested area of northern Wisconsin known as the Flatwoods.
Wsels said the event has grown over the past couple of years.
He said the Great Basin area is a great place to host an event and that the region is well-known for its great music.
The Great Floring FlatCountry was the first annual event held in that area, in the mid-1980s, and was known as The Floming Floundera, according the Greatflounderal website.
It was held in an open-air amphitheater and attracted hundreds of thousands of people.
The Flatland FlatCountry festival is held on the shores of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin, about an hour northwest of Chicago.
It attracts thousands of music fans from all over North America.
Wesses said the Flatlander community loves to come out and support their local music scene and their local artists.
“It’s really cool,” Wsels added.
“The festival is really, really special, and people just get behind it.
It really is the perfect storm of music and the weather.”
The FlatLand Floundered FlatCountry is held every September on the lakefront, about 45 minutes north of Chicago, according its website.
Wolds said the community loves the festival, but that it’s been hard to maintain.
“For the last three years, we have had to shut down