WORTHINGTON - For the 20th anniversary of the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival, the board is pleased to announce their musical headline performer for Saturday, June 8 will be the country band Parmalee.

Comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox and best friend Josh McSwain, the quartet gets their name from the small town where the band got its start in Parmale, N.C. Raised on a diet of southern rock, country, and blues, they formed in 2001 as a bunch of small-town boys chasing wild weekend nights, but their talents eventually took them beyond their rehearsal barn and onto country music’s biggest stages, not to mention the top of Billboard’s Country chart.

The band’s blue-collar persistence made their 2013 breakout single, “Carolina,” into a Platinum-certified #1 hit, while their debut album landed in the Top 10. Two more singles - “Close Your Eyes” and “Already Callin’ You Mine” - rose to #3 and #10 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, and both singles from their sophomore album 27861 - “Roots” and “Sunday Morning” - enjoyed chart time on Billboard’s Top 40 Country Airplay chart and have seen more than 30 million combined streams on Spotify. 

The road to success wasn’t easy for the band. They have come a long way since their modest beginnings, working odd jobs like logging, construction, and other types of manual labor to make ends meet. They’ve also had a few setbacks— in 2010, two men attempted to rob the band at gunpoint after a show, which led to Scott being hospitalized for 35 days, 10 of which he spent in a coma, for multiple gunshot wounds. Despite a five percent chance of survival, he miraculously pulled through and the band went on to secure a record deal just four months later.

No matter the obstacle, the foursome never wavered. Their tenacious work ethic, small-town values and love for each other has allowed them to persevere, grow stronger and rise to where they are today. At heart, they’re still the fun-loving Carolina boys with the same adventurous spirit they left home with on the road to Nashville and beyond.

The Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival Board is excited to bring Parmalee to the stage as the headliner for Saturday night's event  Be sure to mark your calendars for this year's festival, June 6-9. All of the musical performances are free to the public, so be sure to bring a chair, blanket or just have a seat in the grass and get ready for a good time!

To further celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival, the U.S. Windsurfing Association Course Racing National Championships will once again take place on Lake Okabena in Worthington. This will be the fourth time Worthington has gotten the honor of hosting the championship.

A full line-up of all the exciting musical entertainment and events for this year's Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival will be released mid-April. Keep an eye out for the details!

All operating revenue from the festival comes from sponsors, registrations, food vendor fees and beverage sales. If your business would like to support the Regatta, contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-372-2919. For more information, go to or look them up on Facebook.

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