Thousands attended the annual Country Music festival in Fort Loramie on July 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2018 Photo Credit: David A. Moodie
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Photo: David A. Moodie/David A. Moodie

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

Thomas Rhett, Kid Rock and Chris Stapleton to headline 2019 show.

It’s time for Country Concert ‘19. 

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 11-13, 2019 at Hickory Hill Lakes in Fort Loramie. Those names include Kid Rock, Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett.

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. 


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
Photo: David Moodie

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.  

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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, Eric Church, Toby Keith and more.  

It’s believed to be the largest family owned and operated country music festival in the United States. It has been a past nominee for an Academy of Country Music Industry Award for “Festival of the Year.”

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Kid Rock 

Kid Rock may have started as a rap/rock hybrid, but he has been pure country for at least the last decade.

Performing Thursday at 10 p.m.

Kid Rock will perform in the DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Show Sunday, Feb. 22. (PRNewsFoto/Daytona International Speedway)

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton is responsible for the best-selling country albums of 2016 and 2017. His multi-platinum single, “Tennessee Whiskey,” is a favorite of TouchTunes and smartphone ringtones everywhere. 

Performing Friday at 10 p.m.

Chris Stapleton (pictured) is one of the headliners at the 39th annual Country Concert at Hickory Hills Lake at Hickory Hills Lakes in Ft. Laramie, Thursday through Saturday, July 11 through 13. CONTRIBUTED

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett, son of Rhett Akins, has had 12 songs reach No. 1 on the country charts, in addition to writing for Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and others. 

Performing Saturday at 10 p.m.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 07: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Thomas Rhett performs on stage during day 2 for the 2019 CMA Music Festival on June 07, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)



Camper Party

Saloon stage:

Jimmie Allen: 10 p.m.

The Sisterhood Band: 8 p.m.

Davisson Brothers Band: 6 p.m.

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Singer-songwriter Carly Pearce performs during the 2018 CMA Music festival at the Chevy Riverfront Stage on June 7, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images


Main stage:

Kid Rock: 10 p.m.

Kip Moore: 8 p.m.  

Aaron Lewis: 6 p.m.  

Carly Pearce: 4 p.m.  

Saloon Stage: 

Kassi Ashton: 9:15 p.m.  

Whiskey Myers: 7 p.m.  

Sweet Tea Trio: 5 p.m.  

Jameson Rodgers: 3 p.m.  

Coors Light Homegrown Honky Tonk Stage: 

Paul Rosewood: 9:15 p.m.  

Lee Gantt: 7 p.m.  

Mack McKenzie: 5 p.m.  

Gary Allan will perform at Country Concert ‘19 in Fort Loramie. CONTRIBUTED


Main stage: 

Chris Stapleton: 10 p.m.

Gary Allan: 8 p.m. 

Granger Smith: 6 p.m. 

Chris Lane: 4 p.m. 

Saloon Stage: 

Drew Parker: 9:15 p.m.  

Walker Hayes: 7 p.m. 

Tyler Rich: 5 p.m. 

USA Karaoke Finals: 10 a.m.

Coors Light Homegrown Honky Tonk Stage: 

Kaitlyn Schmit: 9:15 p.m. 

Hasting & Co: 7 p.m. 

Mark Cantwil: 5 p.m. 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Dylan Scott kicks off headlining 2019 NOTHING TO DO TOWN TOUR with sold out show at the Gramercy Theatre on January 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Dylan Scott)
Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Dylan Scott


Main stage: 

Thomas Rhett: 10 p.m.  

Dustin Lynch: 8 p.m.  

Roots & Boots with Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye: 5:30 p.m.  

Dylan Scott: 3:30 p.m.  

Ashley McBryde: 1:30 p.m. 

Saloon Stage: 

Walker County: 9:15 p.m.  

Confederate Railroad: 7 p.m.  

Jillian Jacqueline: 4:30 p.m.  

Cash Campbell: 2:30 p.m.  

Ross Ellis: 12:30 p.m.  

Coors Light Homegrown Honky Tonk Stage:  

Noah Smith: 9:15 p.m.  

Thomas Mac: 7 p.m.  

Ryan Mundy: 4:30 p.m.

Country duo Hasting & Co.’s video for “American Love,” shot at the Clark County Fair last summer, has been released. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer


General admission:

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) — $279 ($93 per day)  

2 DAY (FRI, SAT) — $269  

THURSDAY — $127  

FRIDAY — $132  

SATURDAY — $149 

General admission with Gold Circle Access: 

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) — $299  

2 DAY (FRI, SAT) — $289

THURSDAY — $139  

FRIDAY — $144  

SATURDAY — $161 

General admission reserved seats: 

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) — $299  

THURSDAY — $137  

FRIDAY — $146  

SATURDAY — $189 

General admission club reserved seats:

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) — $449   

General admission platinum seats: 

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) — $329 

THURSDAY — $167 

 FRIDAY — $167 

 SATURDAY — $199 

General admission platinum plus seats: 

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) — $449 

VIP Plus seats

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) — $459 

THURSDAY — $219 

FRIDAY — $229 

SATURDAY — $259 

Stage Front Seats 

3 DAY (THU, FRI, SAT) — $647  

3 DAY with MEALS — $734  

THURSDAY — $284 

FRIDAY — $284 


Purchase tickets in advance here

Camping packages also available. Click here for more info.

Coolers are welcome. Free re-entry.