New country music festival set for this summer


A new country music festival will be presented this summer, in the same neighborhood as Jamboree In The Hills, which is now on hiatus.

“Blame My Roots Fest” is set for July 18-20 at Valley View Campgrounds in Belmont, Ohio, which is a 65-acre farm on National Road across from the old Jamboree site.

Organizers say it will feature national and local acts and will involve a concert as well as camping.

“Valley View Campgrounds has long been a staple of the local country music community, serving as one of the largest campgrounds for Jamboree In The Hills for the past 28 years,” said coordinator Chris Dutton in a news release. “With Live Nation’s decision to place the concert (JITH) on hiatus for 2019, Valley View erected the Blame My Roots Festival to keep country music alive in the hills.”

Some acts are already booked, including Trace Adkins, Joe Diffie, Tyler Farr, Lyndsey Ell, Whiskey Myers and Gabby Barrett.  Organizers are also making it clear that the event will be B.Y.O.B., meaning fans are welcome to bring their own beverages.

Everyone is welcome, says Dutton, whether they camp there or go home every night.

“We know we can fit anywhere from about 7500 people to about 10,000, and we can do that in the concert area,” Dutton said. “But we can move some things around, we can move back the fence, but luckily we have a nice little hillside, a nice little amphitheater where we can sort of move that back fence and accommodate a lot of people.”

County officials, like Barb Balint, are excited for the event to get going. Balint is the executive director of the Belmont County Tourism Council.

“We are confident that this is gonna be a premier event in Belmont County, and we just feel very fortunate that they know the importance of that in keeping it here at home,” Balint told 7News. “You know, when we had the announcement of the loss of the other festival, everyone knew the impact it was gonna have in our area economically and emotionally. I mean, this area’s all about tradition.”

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