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COVID-19 Update Page

Update: August 6, 2020
Winsted, Minnesota



"Tickets purchased for 2020 CHB performance can be honored at Land Castle 2020 as a day pass with an advanced request, as well as 2021 event and performance... more details to be released this fall as Land Castle 2021 books another music group to compliment Chris's performance in 2021."

Winsted, Minnesota

August 6, 2020 - 11:30 A.M.

COVID-19 bites the 2020 Land Castle Summer Extravaganza after all, but the main event still goes on! Remaining camping space is limited...

48 days after the exciting news was announced that Twin Cities music superstar and KFAN morning radio personality Chris Hawkey would be performing at the 2020 Land Castle Summer Extravaganza, the annual ice fish house enthusiast event released an updating statement that may disappoint music fans during a summer that most would rather forget.

"Land Castle 2020 at this moment in time is happening, but the show with Chris will have to wait. After hours of discussion, many emails and phones calls, conversations with local officials, and a lot of consideration, it has been mutually agreed between the Land Castle Summer Extravaganza and the Chris Hawkey Band to POSTPONE this year's performance until our 5th Anniversary - Land Castle 2021." wrote Land Castle's Event Director, Brandon Gatz. 

"With all of the restrictions on outdoor events coming from state and local officials, both sides agreed that moving forward with the 2020 performance would not be up to anybody's standards for how a Chris Hawkey Band concert should go. Chris puts on an impressive, high-energy show that engages the crowd before him and with the capacity restrictions, crowd control rules, and the risk of civil charges for disobeying state guidelines it's just not an ideal situation. We have a good event in Land Castle and want to see it grow for years to come. While there is some disappointment from me on how outdoor events are classified with COVID restrictions and available space, we have to follow the guidelines or we put future events in jeopardy. We have the space for a lot of people, more than 100 acres at our disposal, but waiting until next year will be the best for everyone involved, including our attending guests."

Tickets for the Chris Hawkey Band performance, sold separately from the Land Castle Summer Extravaganza 2020 event, can be honored at Land Castle 2020 for admission into this year's event with an advanced request, along with the 2021 performance by Chris Hawkey. All sponsors for the 2020 event will be recognized before and during the 2021 event in a major marketing push to build the 2021 event into what organizers hope can be a record breaking 5th Anniversary event. Details for the 5th Annual Land Castle Summer Extravaganza will be released on September 12th at Land Castle 2020.

"We want to be fair and let people know this decision hurts, but it is for the best. We want to demonstrate that we have the best interests in mind of our hosting community in the City of Winsted, our Land Castle guests, our vendors, sponsors, and our entertaining groups. With the current restriction of 250 people being allowed into outdoor events, both sides agreed that good things come to those who wait. By postponing Chris' performance to our 5th event in 2021, it will give us an entire year to really plan something special. We have averaged about 250 people at the previous two events so we will move forward with how we did things in previous years, just spacing people out more." according to Gatz.

Tickets purchased for the Chris Hawkey performance can be honored for this year's event as a Saturday day-pass with a request email sent to Land Castle volunteers. Anyone who wishes to take advantage of this offer should email the Land Castle team at the address listed below. This will allow Land Castle volunteers track how many people are on the grounds at all times to ensure compliance with guidelines.

The requested tickets will be sent out at the end of this month with the other camping package tickets sold for the 2020 event. In 2021, Chris Hawkey ticket buyers will get another ticket in the mail, also at the end of August, for the 2021 performance and for admission into the 2021 Land Castle Summer Extravaganza. 

When asked about his thoughts on this new development for Land Castle 2020, Gatz said,
"2020 has been a year to forget. It's a major disappointment that we can't celebrate year four of Land Castle with Chris, but might as well spend year five with him and really have a great time. This concert isn't the first to fall from the COVID, but we feel confident still holding the main event. We appreciate the support that we have received over the last four years from our community and our guests that come to enjoy the best ice fishing event of the summer. Now we pray the good Lord provides us with great September weather for this year's event."

"We are working on a second event for later this year as well", hinted Gatz. "I am working on adding a smaller event for our local guests to enjoy right before we all spread out and start ice fishing for the season. Watch our pages and we will send update emails out as well for those who are on our private mail list." 

The Land Castle event is promoted on the ice all winter long as well. 

Updates will continue to come via the Land Castle Summer Extravaganza Facebook page and the website at

Any inquiries can be emailed to


Updated: June 28, 2020
Winsted, Minnesota

We are not cancelling the event, please read below:

If the State Of Minnesota forces the organizer to cancel Land Castle 2020, the ticket buyer can exercise one of the following options:

1. Ticket Refund

2. Apply Purchase to 5th annual event in 2021

3. Donate the full amount of sale to a qualifying 501 (c)(3) organization, to be announced in September. This non-profit organization will be chosen by the organizer of the event. 

To easily process any refunds (if needed) we will process by refunding the purchase through our online ticketing system. This means if you are camping in a group, and one person in the group buys all of the tickets, they will be the one to see the refund. Please coordinate with your group to ensure everyone is taken care of.

Per our normal policy, all ticket sales are still final*. Please only purchase tickets if you feel comfortable attending the event.


The only exception to this policy will be intervention by the state, canceling the event.

The organizers will not voluntarily cancel this event. We know that all of our attendees have the right to make whatever decision is best for their family and their group. We don't want the entire summer to be canceled so we are pushing forward to have this fun event. We must respect everyone and their safety.

We have over 100 acres available to us, social distancing will not be an issue, and we will have a medical professional on hand to check the temperature of every person entering the grounds, also asking basic questions about previous sickness or any travel outside of the U.S.

We look forward to holding a safe and exciting event in 2020! Thank you for all of your support!


Please see rules and important information below before ordering including the 2020 Land Castle Summer Extravaganza COVID-19 WAIVER. When you place your order you agree to our event waiver!

Tickets will be mass mailed on August 31, 2020. Any online orders placed between September 1st and September 11th will be held on a will-call basis and can be picked up with Identification at the check in trailer.

Attendees, Vendors, and Sponsors agree to abide by the EVENT Code of Conduct by purchasing any ticket package.


The health and safety of our guests, artists, and staff is our top priority. We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to do so.  Please read the rules for the 2020 Land Castle Summer Extravaganza and all affiliated events.  

Remember to bring your lawn chair and keep your group or family at least 6 feet from other groups for social distancing purposes.  

You and your group are solely responsible for determining and using the appropriate safety measures for yourself and your group.  Your participation in safe practices is required.  Continued violation of social distancing and unsafe practices may cause you to be asked to leave the Land Castle Summer Extravaganza or the special music performances.


What’s expected of Land Castle Attendees:

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health have information and guidelines available to understand the risks of attending outdoor events.  Your understanding of this information provided by the above mentioned agencies is your responsibility.

Before entering the grounds for the Land Castle Summer Extravaganza, we require that attendees self-certify that they do not have symptoms, have not been diagnosed with or had direct contact with a known or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days, and will comply with the event’s safety policies and procedures including wearing face coverings if desired, physical distancing, and other determined requirements. Signage will be posted repeating all of the information on this page at the entrance to the event.

Violation of posted Land Castle 2020 policies will cause removal from the event.


By purchasing a ticket and or entering the event grounds automatically begins the Assumption of the Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Assumption of the Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people. The Land Castle Summer Extravaganza has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, we cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, attending events could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.

By purchasing a ticket, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk of being exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending events and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at the 2020 Land Castle Summer Extravaganza may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of ticket holders and others, including, but not limited to, employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families.

I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to my child(ren) or myself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I or my child(ren) may experience or incur in connection with my child(ren)’s attendance at the event or participation in concert programming (“Claims”).


On my behalf, and on behalf of my children, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless The Land Castle Summer Extravaganza, any affiliated companies or persons, any local government agency, the property owners, their employees, agents, and representatives, of and from the Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of the Land Castle Summer Extravaganza and any affiliated companies, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any event program. 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2020 Land Castle Summer Extravaganza!

To ensure the safety of our staff and guests, we are asking you to assess any symptoms you may have prior to arriving at the event grounds.

We will be taking a quick temperature scan of EVERY individual entering the event grounds, each trip through the gate. No Exceptions. You must simply answer these questions for yourself, in person, at the gate upon entry of the grounds.

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