The Fire on the Rum will be held June 13 and June 14 at the Isanti County Fairgrounds in Cambridge. The all-ages event will feature national recording artists as well as some of Central Minnesota’s top-drawing country music acts.
“Ticket sales and camping sales are going really well,” said Cambridge Fire Chief Sean Okerlund. “We are looking forward to bringing in national acts The Kentucky Headhunters and Confederate Railroad. We learned a lot in doing this for the first time last year and look forward to making it bigger and better every year.”
The lineup for Friday, June 13, includes The Devon Worley Band at 7 p.m. and the Confederate Railroad at 10 p.m. The gates open at 5 p.m.
The lineup for Saturday, June 14, includes The Chris Brooks Band at 2:30 p.m.; Bad Jack, 4:30 p.m.; Maiden Dixie, 6:30 p.m.; The Devon Worley Band, 8:30 p.m.; and The Kentucky Headhunters, 10:30 p.m.
General admission ticket prices are $30 at the gate and include both nights of entertainment. For those ages 13-20, ticket prices are $10 at the gate, and 12 and under are free with a paid adult.
VIP tickets are available this year for $100. The package includes tickets to both nights of concerts and access to the VIP tent where there will be complimentary food and beer provided. The VIP experience also includes a meet-and-greet with the Confederate Railroad or The Kentucky Headhunters and getting your picture taken with them by the event photographer.
Camping packages are also available. Two-night primitive RV or tent camping with two camping wristbands and two concert tickets is $125. Extra camping wristbands are $10 each. Each site purchase has two wristbands included with it. Campers are allowed to purchase up to four additional wristbands per site, for a total number of six campers per site. The two-night premium RV camping packages are sold out.
Okerlund said this year the event has teamed up with the Cambridge-Isanti Area Softball Association Cambridge Softball Classic, to be held June 13-15. There will be a shuttle bus available for ballplayers to get to and from the festival. For discount Cambridge Classic team ticket packages and camping information, contact Okerlund at 763-286-8633.
Okerlund said there will be a wide variety of food vendors and retail vendors. He said the Young Life dunk tank will be at the festival both nights, as well as Oscar the mechanical bull from North Country Bull Rides.
New this year is the sale of commemorative mugs that feature the musical festival logo, the festival lineup and sponsorship listings. The mug is available for purchase in advance for $10 at Cambridge City Hall, Northbound Liquor and Cambridge Bar & Grill. If you purchase the mug at the festival, the cost is $15, which includes a fill with beer. Tap refills will be $5 throughout the festival.
Okerlund said Cambridge firefighters will be donating their time during the festival, along with firefighters from Braham, Center City, Stacy-Lent, and Dalbo fire departments. Isanti County Safety & Rescue also helps out with the event.
“Everything went well last year, and we are looking forward to this year,” Okerlund said. “Proceeds from last year’s event went toward the purchase of a second set of extrication tools. All proceeds from this event go toward the Fire Relief Association.”
Okerlund said he began booking bands for the event in October and is excited the number of sponsorships doubled this year.
“We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support of this year’s event,” Okerlund said.
Okerlund said he’s also seeing a more wide-spread area of ticket sales ranging from St. Paul, Brainerd, Otsego, Montgomery and River Falls, Wisconsin. The festival will also include an ATM on-site, as well as children’s activities, security and medical staff.
For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.fireontherum.com.