Stump Dodger Bash is a Country Music event held annually at the Kickapoo Stump Dodger Campground & Event Center in Gays Mills, Wisconsin, located in the heart of the Driftless area, on the weekend closest to the 4th of July. The event is hosted by the Showen Family.
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy two days of great entertainment! Food vendors will be on the grounds and t-shirts are available for purchase. Meet new friends and have a good time dancing to the terrific music!
The Stump Dodger Bash is a fun weekend for the entire family. Activities include volleyball, swimming, horseshoes, bean bag tournament, Nick’s Kids Show and, of course, plenty of great music! The natural amphitheater location provides the perfect setting for the large covered stage and festival seating for the crowd.
The Kickapoo Stump Dodger Campground & Event Center is located next to the fairgrounds in Gays Mills, Wisconsin. The campground offers both tent and RV camping. Campsites fill up quickly, so call early to reserve your space. Campers and attendees also have easy access to the community swimming pool for a minimal fee. The local streams offer excellent trout fishing, so bring your fishing gear. If you like to bike, join fellow riders around the steep ridges and trout stream valleys on some of the best trails in the Midwest.
Why is it called the Stump Dodger Bash? In the late 1800s and early 1900s, narrow gauge trains provided transportation for people and freight between small rural area communities and larger cities. The smaller trains were versatile and economical, and the tracks could be laid in locations not accessible by the standard railroad. In the Gays Mills area, many trees were cut to make room for the tracks, so locally the train was known as the Stump Dodger.
Supporting Local Charities
Proceeds from the Stump Dodger Bash support local charities. Wheel of Todd donates handicap tickets for Green Bay Packers home games to three disabled children each year. Each child receives one wheelchair ticket, one companion ticket, a hotel room for two nights, and money for food, fuel, parking, souvenirs, or anything else they may want or need.
In addition, family and friends of the children chosen to attend the game are invited to tailgate with Craig and Julie Bell, the founders of Wheel of Todd Inc., in the Lambeau Field parking lot on the day of the game. See the Wheel of Todd website or Facebook page for more information on the Wheel of Todd organization.
The musical line-up at the weekend Bash has brought more and more fans each year, and we hope you will make this event part of the annual traditions you share with family and friends! Tickets are available as One-Day or Weekend passes. So join us for a fun weekend in Gays Mills!
Buy your tickets early! Call us with any questions, 608-735-4929.