Getting your recommended daily dosage of cowboy has been a trying task ever since Hollywood stopped producing Westerns and your 10-gallon hat was ruined by that 10-gallon guacamole recipe. Tip a hat to country-western living with today's Groupon: for $8, you get admission for two to Michigan's Big Country Fest in Frankenmuth (a $16 value). Admission is free for children ages 15 and under when accompanied by an adult. Choose between the following dates:
Michigan's Big Country Fest makes ears perk up and boots start tapping to a menu of sweet country sounds. Friday night's festivities kick off to a DJsupplied soundtrack for a hot-dog-eating contest, line-dancing lessons, a bar-stool race, and a farmer's-tan contest. The night's headline act is Annabelle Road, one of Michigan's premiere young country bands, whose self-titled album fuses rock with classic country.
Saturday night hosts the same roster of contests and vendors and adds a coed sand-volleyball tournament ($16/four-person team, not included in admission). At 6 p.m., Kentucky Strait takes the stage, stirring up a crowd for closing act Mandi Layne & The Lost Highway, whose single "If You Ain't Wasted" is a testament to the sustainable-living movement. Beer and mixed drinks ($3$9), down-home dinners ($1$10), and other snacks will be on hand for between-set snacking and enhancing one's cowboy cred with a full barbecue-sauce mustache.
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