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Posted: September 29, 2017

IT’S COUNTRY CONCERT TIME: Everything you need to know about 3-day mega music fest

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.

By 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.

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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. 

David Moodie
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.”

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THE PERFORMERS

THE HEADLINERS

ERIC CHURCH 

Saturday headliner, 10 p.m.

Eric Church, the Saturday headliner at Country Concert '18 in Fort Loramie, OH. CONTRIBUTED

 

BRAD PAISLEY 

Friday headliner, 10 p.m.

Brad Paisley, the Friday night headliner at Country Concert '18. CONTRIBUTED

 

TOBY KEITH 

Thursday headliner, 10 p.m.

MORE ACTS

BROTHERS OSBORNE

Saturday, 8 p.m.

Brothers Osborne are part of the lineup for Country Concert '18. CONTRIBUTED

COLE SWINDELL 

Friday 8 p.m.

Archived photo of Cole Swindell. CONTRIBUTED

BILLY CURRINGTON

Thursday 8 p.m.

LUKE COMBS

Saturday 6 p.m. 

Luke Combs, one of the artists at Country Concert '18. CONTRIBUTED

BRETT YOUNG

Friday 6 p.m.

Brett Young, one of the artists at Country Concert '18. CONTRIBUTED

JO DEE MESSINA

Thursday 6 p.m.

Contributing Writer
Jo Dee Messina

MIDLAND

Thursday 4 p.m.

Tina Phan
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

KANE BROWN

Saturday 4 p.m.

Kane Brown is one of the performers at Country Concert '18 in Fort Loramie, Ohio. CONTRIBUTED

LAUREN ALAINA

Saturday 2 p.m.

Lauren Alaina is one of the performers at Country Concert '18 in Fort Loramie, Ohio. CONTRIBUTED
 

CARLY PEARCE

Thursday, 7 p.m., Saloon Stage

Carly Pearce, one of the artists who will appear at Country Concert '18. CONTRIBUTED

THE SCHEDULE

Here’s the complete lineup:

JULY 4: Wednesday preview event and “Camper Party”

6 p.m. — Josh Melton

8 p.m. — Riley Green

10 p.m. — Carly Pearce

THURSDAY, JULY 5

Main stage:

4 p.m. — Midland

6 p.m. — Jo Dee Messina

8 p.m. — Billy Currington

10 p.m. — Toby Keith

Saloon stage:

3 p.m. — Adam Doleac

5 p.m. — Russell Dickerson

7 p.m. — Lanco

9:15 p.m. — Josh Phillips

FRIDAY, JULY 6

Main stage: 

4 p.m. — Montgomery Gentry

6 p.m. — Brett Young

8 p.m. — Cole Swindell

10 p.m. — Brad Paisley

Saloon stage:

10 a.m. —Karaoke contest

5 p.m. — Jon Langston

7 p.m. — Danielle Bradbery

9:15 p.m. — Dillon Carmichael

SATURDAY, JULY 7

Main stage:

2 p.m. — Lauren Alaina

4 p.m. —  Kane Brown

6 p.m. — Luke Combs

8 p.m. — Brothers Osborne

10 p.m. — Eric Church

Saloon stage:

1 p.m. — Elizabeth Cook

3 p.m. — Kendell Marvel

5 p.m. — Nikki Lane

7 p.m. — Ashley McBryde

9:15 p.m. — Alex Williams

TICKET INFO

General admission:

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) - $249 ($83 per day)  

2 DAY (FRI,SAT) - $220  

THURSDAY - $109  

FRIDAY - $115  

SATURDAY - $129 

 

General admission with Gold Circle Access: 

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) - $267  

THURSDAY - $121  

FRIDAY - $127  

SATURDAY - $141 

 

General admission reserved seats: 

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) - $289  

THURSDAY - $119  

FRIDAY - $129  

SATURDAY - $179 

 

General admission club reserved seats:

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) - $409   

General admission platinum seats: 

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) - $299 

THURSDAY - $149 

 FRIDAY - $149 

 SATURDAY - $189 

 

General admission platinum plus seats: 

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) - $409 

  

VIP Plus seats

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) - $439 

THURSDAY - $209 

FRIDAY - $209 

SATURDAY $259 

 

Stage Front Seats 

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) - $599  

3 DAY with MEALS - $678  

THURSDAY - $269 

FRIDAY - $269 

SATURDAY - $329

Camping packages also available. Click here for more info.


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