This weekend: Taste of Country Festival returns to Hunter

Above: A video of highlights from the 2013 Taste of Country Festival, which featured Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson, Hunter Hayes, Billy Currington and more. Source: Taste of Country Festival's YouTube channel.

Ready your cowboy hats and Daisy Dukes for this weekend’s Taste of Country Music Festival, kicking off tonight at Hunter Mountain.

The four day, two-stage event is the only multi-day country music festival in the Northeast, offering country music lovers a star-studded line-up of performers, along with vendors, activities and food. Folks can take a break in between sets and check out some fireworks, frisbee and golf demos and even a live-action “Farmville 2” petting zoo. 

The lineup includes headlining crooners Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert and Hank Williams Jr. Also performing will be newcomers Chase Rice, Thomas Rhett and Jamie Lynn Spears (yes, Britney’s younger sister).

South Bound, a local group known throughout the Catskills, will play Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. The band will perform a set of country covers, taking on the likes of Martina McBride, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan and Garth Brooks, among others. 

The festival’s second year is anticipated to top the tens of thousands of attendees from 2013, said Dhruv Prasad, Executive Vice President of Live Events at Townsquare Media, the producers of the event.

Prasad said that while camping passes for RVs and cars are already sold out, tent camping and day passes are still available for purchase. 

2014 Taste of Country Music Festival. Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 15. Hunter Mountain, Route 23A, Hunter. Ticket prices start at $89 for a single-day pass or $160 for a three-day pass without camping. VIP packages available. For more information, visit the Taste of Country Festival's website or Facebook page.