ANTELOPE ISLAND -- Big-name entertainment will be the newest component of the fifth annual Antelope Island Stampede, with a concert by country band Sawyer Brown highlighting the three-day Labor Day event.
To avoid leaving fans of rock 'n' roll out of the mix, the stampede will also include a performance by Eve 6, a Southern California rock band with such hits to its credit as "Inside Out," "Leech" and the slow anthem "Here's to the Night."
The two bands, joining what was previously known as the Balloon and Kite Stampede, makes this the biggest event ever held on the island, said Kathi Dysert, director of sales and marketing for the Davis Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The DACVB, along with Utah State Parks and Davis County, is sponsoring the stampede, which begins at 5 p.m. Sept. 3.
Over the previous years, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on the hot-air balloons, Dysert said.
But this year, sponsors hope bringing big-name entertainment acts to the unique island venue will attract even more people to the event.
"We're just trying to add to the event," Dysert said of the stampede that drew 22,000 people last year.
Bringing in big-name entertainment will open up the event to additional people, Dysert said, particularly because the two bands to perform speak to different demographics.
"We feel the caliber of talent that we are going to bring out, that the festival will be bigger and better. We are just adding to it, hoping the event will grow," she said.
Sawyer Brown, a country group with 17 albums to its credit, will perform at 9 p.m. Sept. 4 on what will be a makeshift main stage to be set up on the island.
Eve 6 will perform at 9 p.m. Sept. 3 on the same stage, with fireworks to be included with that show.
The concerts will be held on the north side of the island in the event field in White Rock Bay, said Antelope Island Park Manager Ron Taylor.
That area of the island has a slight natural slope to it, allowing those attending the concerts to easily view the entertainers, he said.
The music from the concerts, although it will likely be heard on the north side of the island, should have minimal impact on island wildlife, Taylor said.
The concerts will be held in what will be an enclosed, fenced area that will be adjacent to the other activities, he said.
In addition to the concerts, balloons and kites, the stampede will include food and local entertainment.
The group sponsoring the stampede is a responsible group that has left the island in good shape following the event each year, Taylor said.
"They just do a great job of planning."
The park entrance fee to Antelope Island is $10 per carload, which will include all event activities except the concerts by Sawyer Brown and Eve 6, Dysert said.
Concert tickets for the two shows are now available through Smith's Tix outlets.
Eve 6 tickets are $23 in advance and $33 the day of the show, with VIP tickets $53 in advance and $63 the day of the show.
Sawyer Brown tickets are $43 in advance and $53 the day of the show, with advance VIP tickets being $86 and $100 the day of the show.
For more information on the event, visit www.antelopeballoons.com.