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George Jones, Tracy Byrd, and Aaron Tippin will be the nightly headliners for Detroit's 20th annual Budweiser Downtown Hoedown. Bearing the theme "United We Stand," the free country music festival is

George Jones, Tracy Byrd, and Aaron Tippin will be the nightly headliners for Detroit's 20th annual Budweiser Downtown Hoedown. Bearing the theme "United We Stand," the free country music festival is set for May 17-19 in Detroit's Hart Plaza.

Along with a host of local talent, the three-day event will also feature sets by national acts the Kentucky Headhunters, Emerson Drive, David Ball, Steve Holy, Rodney Atkins, and Pinmonkey. Family activities to enhance the festival will include a mechanical bull ride, virtual NASCAR stock car races, a rock climbing wall, and a giant video wall.

The festival's "United We Stand" theme has been set "to honor the memory of those who suffered irreplaceable loss on Sept. 11," according to organizers. Local television broadcasters WWJ and WKBD will tape a portion of the May 18 event for future local broadcast, and attendees are requested to wear red, white, and blue to show their support for U.S. armed forces around the world.

The Downtown Hoedown will serve as the kick-off to the city's 2002 summer riverfront festival series. Proceeds will benefit the Detroit Recreation Department's youth programs.

For the full performance schedule and more information, visit the event's official Web site, or call 248-788-6599.