Huge crowds expected at this year's Country Concert.

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Jul. 8—FORT LORAMIE — Hickory Hill Lakes has once again come alive for this year's Country Concert, now in its 40th year.

Last year, due to the pandemic, the big event was canceled.

Ticketholders to last year's event were able to use their tickets for this year's event.

In a video detailing the event's history on the Country Concert website, it chronicles how things got started. According to the video, in 1971 Mike and Mary Jo Barhorst built a seasonal campground and in 1978 they decided to throw a party to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary and featured local bands.

It was in 1981 when the Barhorsts asked Louise Mandrell to perform and invited the general public. The event was such a success they decided to expand it into a three-day festival.

Mike Barhorst passed away in March of 2017 at the age of 77 and his family has continued the tradition.

This year's concert opened on Thursday with a star-studded lineup including Luke Combs, Jon Pardi, Ashley McBryde, Neal McCoy, Jameson Rogers, Niko Moon, Drew Parker, Ashland Craft, Jess Kellie Adams, After Midtown and Wyatt McCubbin.

During the day Friday Alan Jackson headlines the day that also features Justin Moore, Riley Green, Lorrie Morgan, the Bellamy Brothers, Jesse Keith Whitley, McGuffey Lane, Hannah Dasher, Alexis Gomez, Ashley Best and Dallas Moore.

For the final day, Saturday, Jason Aldean is the big name star but don't forget the lineup of Chase Rice, HARDY, Jo Dee Messina, Deana Carter, Flatland Cavalry, Lainey Wilson, the Desert City Ramblers, Rayne Johnson, Clark Manson and Cole Ritter.

For ticket information, you can call the ticket office at 937-295-3000 or you can go to countryconcert.com.

Reach reporter Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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