Country legend Dwight Yoakam coming to Mission

Country legend Dwight Yoakam will play B.C.’s largest country music festival, the Rockin’ River Music Festival Aug. 9-11 in Mission

Dwight Yoakam is coming to Mission in August.

Dwight Yoakam is coming to Mission in August.

A month before receiving one of country music’s most prestigious honours, country legend Dwight Yoakam will play B.C.’s largest country music festival, the Rockin’ River Music Festival Aug. 9-11 in Mission.

Yoakam, who will be presented the Country Music Association’s Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award on Sept. 24 in Nashville, Tennessee, will join the 2012 Rockin’ River Music Festival confirmed lineup that includes: Blue Rodeo, Randy Bachman, George Canyon, Ridley Bent, One More Girl, Aaron Pritchett, The Higgins, Victoria Banks, and Karen Lee Batten.

Also on the bill are Kenny Hess, Brent Lee, Tyler Whelan, Todd Richards, Chris Buck Band, The Matinée, Shane Chisholm and Stacey McKitrick.

“Yoakam brings one of country music’s biggest names to Rockin’ River,” said Hess, the festival’s organizer and one of its performers.

The Lower Mainland’s most-attended country music festival is bigger and better in 2012 with the event expanding from a two- to three-night-long event for the first time in its four-year history.

The festival takes place Aug. 9-11 at Mission Raceway Park (32670 Dyke Rd., Mission).

Tickets and camping reservations are available at rockinriverfest.com.

Tickets are also available at Lordco outlets and select London Drugs locations starting on June 1.

For more information,  visit rockinriverfest.com, facebook.com/rockinriver, email info@rockinriver.com, or call the hotline at 604-733-2235.