35th Country Concert in Fort Loramie This Week

Staff Writer

Cars, vans, trucks, motorhomes, campers will all stream in from every direction this weekend to catch the three-day Country Concert, an event that has become a country music institution and a highlight of the summer for thousands of area music fans.

The festival, which began in 1981 with a modest line-up, now 35 years later attracts the biggest names in country music to Fort Loramie. The list of artists who have taken the stage in this rural area of Ohio is staggering, especially given the quaint beginnings back in the early 1980s. By the 1990s, the event was a major stopping point for major acts and performers on the cusp of superstardom — like Taylor Swift's two years of appearances in 2007 and 2008 before going from young country music sensation to the biggest pop star in the world..

This year proves to be no different, as Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and Jake Owen headline the star-studded party in Fort Loramie.

"We're expecting one of our top years," Country Concert General Manager Paul Barhorst said.