What you need to know about Country Concert '18 at Hickory Hill Lakes in Fort Loramie. Preview of performers and why this concert is such a big deal.
Amelia Robinson and Michelle Fong
It’s time for Country Concert ‘18.
If you’ve never experienced this music festival, here are a few things to know:
Some of the top acts in country music will share the stage for three days July 5-7, 2018 at Hickory Hill Lakes in Fort Loramie.
This year’s lineup includes 28 artists, with some major names headlining the event.
For many concert-goers, it’s a three-day camping (and drinking) extravaganza. Others dip in and out based on who’s on stage. You can have a little fun or a lot of fun depending on what works for you and your wallet.
The concert is presented by K99.1FM. K99.1 FM. is a Cox Media Group Ohio company.
ABOUT THE CONCERT
Country Concert started out as a 500-acre campground built on a farm in 1971. The concert was founded by the late Mike Barhorst, who died in 2017, and his wife, Mary Jo.
The festival is currently run by their sons Paul, Tony, Brian, Mark and Scott. The family began hosting local musicians for the annual showcase years later.
By 1981, with crowds growing, the Barhorsts asked Louise Mandrell to perform the show.
Thousands attended the annual Country Music Festival in Fort Loramie on July 7th, 8th, and 9th
Based on the success of that concert, the family expanded the event to three days, while constantly making improvements to the facilities. The campground now boasts a 108-foot wide permanent main stage with two additional, smaller, permanent stages, as well as six giant video screens.
The Country Concert is seen as a stop on the road to stardom or a fun, welcoming place to return frequently for many of today’s top country acts. Some of the biggest names in country have performed there: Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Rogers and Garth Brooks — and current stars including Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and more.
It’s believed to be the largest family owned and operated country music festival in the United States. It has been nominated for an Academy of Country Music Industry Award for “Festival of the Year.”
Eric Church, the Saturday headliner at Country Concert '18 in Fort Loramie, OH. CONTRIBUTED
Friday headliner, 10 p.m.
Brad Paisley, the Friday night headliner at Country Concert '18. CONTRIBUTED
Thursday headliner, 10 p.m.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Brothers Osborne are part of the lineup for Country Concert '18. CONTRIBUTED
Friday 8 p.m.
Archived photo of Cole Swindell. CONTRIBUTED
Thursday 8 p.m.
Saturday 6 p.m.
Luke Combs, one of the artists at Country Concert '18. CONTRIBUTED
Friday 6 p.m.
Brett Young, one of the artists at Country Concert '18. CONTRIBUTED
JO DEE MESSINA
Thursday 6 p.m.
Jo Dee Messina
Thursday 4 p.m.
Midland performs at the Tito's Handmade Vodka Stage during weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. TINA PHAN / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Saturday 4 p.m.
Kane Brown is one of the performers at Country Concert '18 in Fort Loramie, Ohio. CONTRIBUTED
Saturday 2 p.m.
Lauren Alaina is one of the performers at Country Concert '18 in Fort Loramie, Ohio. CONTRIBUTED
Thursday, 7 p.m., Saloon Stage
Carly Pearce, one of the artists who will appear at Country Concert '18. CONTRIBUTED
Here’s the complete lineup:
JULY 4: Wednesday preview event and “Camper Party”