Backwoods Boat Festival

The Backwoods Boat Festival is one of the fastest growing festivals in the Tri-State Area. The 2016 event will be held on Friday, August 26th and Saturday, August 27th. More details to come, please follow our facebook page.

Click here for a Registration Form (pdf)

2016 Schedule:

Friday, August 26
6pm Doors Open
8pm Devin Clemons Band
8-11pm Brushville
11-1pm (inside) Devin Clemons Band

Saturday, August 27
11am Check In
Noon Cardboard Boat Regatta
6pm Doors Open
7-9pm Stump Town
9:30-11pm Keith Anderson
11pm-1am (inside) Stump Town

Friday tickets: $10 in advance/$15 at the Door
Saturday tickets: $15 in advance/$20 at the Door

Tickets are available at the following locations:
Lake Hill Winery (normal business hours or by phone)
(217) 357-2675
Wear Drug - Carthage, IL
Wear Drug - La Harpe, IL

Click here to order online!

This is an 18 and over event.

2016 Backwoods Boat Festival Poster The crowd on dry land at the Backwoods Boat Festival Boats ready for action at the Backwoods Boat Festival The John Deere boat at the Backwoods Boat Festival The start of the regatta at the Backwoods Boat Festival Some boats have a tough start Some boats don't make it A close race between 2 boats Is that a wine bottle boat? Don't drink and boat! Shark in the water! Combines are better in fields Moo - the cow boat crosses the finish line It started out as a pretty close race The crowd grows restless for the start of the race The crowd for the big concert

Singer/Songwriter Keith Anderson’s debut CD, "Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll", was certified Gold and garnered two Top 10 hits (accompanied by two No. 1 music videos), "Pickin’ Wildflowers," and "Every Time I Hear Your Name," along with two Top 30 hits "XXL" and "Podunk". This success prompted music trades Billboard and Radio & Records to name him country music’s No. 1 New Male Artist of 2005 and the top new solo country artist of the year.

Anderson’s sophomore CD garnered the biggest hit of his career, “I Still Miss You”, which peaked at #2 and another Top 25 hit, “Sunday Morning In America”. Taking the lead with other gold and platinum artists, Anderson decided to take hold of the reigns this time by launching his music his own way and letting the fans help drive his music and passion. “I’ll Bring The Music” has had a huge resonance with the fans.” says Anderson. “As I tour all over the country, that is the song that gets them on their feet and is the song they are still singing as they head out the door. It reminds me of how “Pickin’ Wildflowers moved them”.

He has co-written hits for other artists, most notably "Lost In This Moment", the No. 1 smash for Big & Rich which garnered him a CMA and ACM Song of the Year nomination. Anderson also co-wrote the Grammy-nominated, "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)" for Garth Brooks and George Jones, "The Bed" for Gretchen Wilson and "Barn Burner" for Jason Michael Carroll.

The Cardboard Boat Regatta continues to grow in participants, and attracts larger crowds each year. The regatta's evolution has produced faster boats, more creative designs, and more spectacular sinks! Rules and registration forms can be found below. For more information, please contact Lake Hill Winery at (217)357-2675 (CORK). Boat registration is $30 per team. Admission to watch the race is free.



Lake Hill Winery & Banquet Hall  |  1822 East County Road 1540  |  Carthage, IL 62321  |  (217) 357-2675