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Dwight Yoakam, Ronnie Milsap to perform at Big Sky Music Festival

Last year's inaugural event at Burl's Creek was plagued by last-minute cancellations from two performers
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Travis Tritt performed to the largest and most enthusiastic audience at the inaugural Big Sky Country Music Festival at Burl's Creek in 2019. Nathan Taylor/OrilliaMatters

Country music legends Dwight Yoakam and Ronnie Milsap will be headlining the one-day Big Sky Music Festival this summer at the Burl's Creek concert venue north of Barrie.

The second-annual event, slated for July 18, is hoping for better fortunes this time around.

Last year's inaugural event had to endure two major lineup issues.

On the eve of the event, headliner Alabama backed out when frontman Randy Owen experienced health problems.

Then, on the day of the event, Diamond Rio cancelled due to transportation issues.

Republic Live owners Stan and Eva Dunford were able to use their contacts to snag a pair of strong replacements: Big and Rich to replace the headliners and Tim Hicks to replace Diamond Rio.

They hope it's smoother sailing this year.

In addition to Yoakam and Milsap, Joe Diffie is also on the playbill, which promises more acts to follow.

"Big Sky Music Festival is proud to offer fans another intimate experience with legendary country music artists," notes a press release from Republic LIve. 

"More than just a country music festival, Big Sky returns with a full day of friends and family fun including a craft market, a classic car show and new this year a sparkling big rig show and shine. Also returning are numerous food and beverage vendors to satisfy your summer festival cravings," notes the release.

Tickets for the rain or shine event go on sale at noon today.

Despite the last-minute cancellations, Stan Dunford told OrilliaMatters after last year's event, he was pleased with how things turned out.

While he didn’t have specific numbers when it came to ticket sales, he said they sold “reasonably well for a first-year festival.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.