Country Concert '19 in Fort Loramie. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

JUST IN: Country Concert ‘20 canceled with hopes of returning same lineup next summer

40th annual event that was slated for July to move with the same lineup to summer of 2021.

Country Concert in Fort Loramie will have to celebrate the big 4-0 a year late.

Organizers of the annual country music festival, campout and party featuring some of the biggest stars and up-and-comers in country music announced this morning that it will cancel this year’s event and plan the same show hopefully with the same lineup for July 8-10, 2021.

Scheduled headliners included Alan Jackson, Luke Combs and Jason Aldean. Other performers for the three-day event included Justin Moore, Neal McCoy, Lorrie Morgan, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi and more.

“We are incredibly disappointed to have to reschedule our 40th Anniversary event until July 8, 9, 10, 2021. We explored every possible option to have the 2020 event safely for our fans, charitable organizations, vendors, sponsors, employees, and local businesses.  Our plan is to have the same artists for 2021. We will have more announcements on that coming very soon,” concert organizers shared on social media and their website Thursday.

Ticket holders will receive an email with information on how to keep tickets, seats and camping for 2021 or to get a refund.


Mike and Mary Jo Barhorst didn’t set out to create one of the region’s largest annual gatherings of music fans. However, that’s exactly what happened with Country Concert in Fort Loramie. 

The event started in the late 1970s as a cookout for family and friends to celebrate the couple’s wedding anniversary. Local musicians performed while partygoers indulged in food and homemade wine. Word about the celebration quickly spread. Attendance had grown so much by 1981, the Barhorsts decided to make the event public. 

Louise Mandrell was the headliner that first year. Since then, the concert has hosted some of the biggest names in country music, including Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynne, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire. 

In recent years, the annual three-day event has drawn more than 20,000 concertgoers per day to see marquee headliners such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line and Kid Rock. Country Concert, which is now run by Mike and Mary Jo’s four sons, isn’t just a destination for Americans. Each year, it attracts country music fans from Europe, Canada, Australia and other locales. 

Country Concert is about more than music. In addition to camping and food, Country Concert also generates thousands of dollars each year to support area groups and organizations such as the Ft. Loramie Fire Department and the American Red Cross. 

Mike Barhorst was 77 when he passed away on March 1, 2017. Paul Barhorst has been president of Country Concerts since 2007.


Concert organizers announced its hopes to return the same lineup for the 2021 event. Here is a list of previously announced performers:

Country singer Alan Jackson will be one of the headliners at Country Concert ‘20. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer


Main Stage:

4 p.m.: Lorrie Morgan

6 p.m.: Neal McCoy

8 p.m.: Justin Moore

10 p.m.: Alan Jackson

Country Club Saloon:

3 p.m.: McGuffey Lane

5 p.m.: Jesse Keith Whitley

7 p.m.: Bellamy Brothers

9:15 p.m.: Hannah Dasher

Luke Combs performs onstage during the ATLIVE Concert 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 17, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images


Main Stage:

4 p.m.: Riley Green

6 p.m.: Chris Lane

8 p.m.: Old Dominion

10 p.m.: Luke Combs

Country Club Saloon:

10 a.m.: Karaoke finals 

5 p.m.: Niko Moon

7 p.m.: Jon Langston

9:15 p.m.: Ashland Craft

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: Jason Aldean performs onstage during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images


Main Stage:

2 p.m.: Deana Carter

4 p.m.: Ashley McBryde

6 p.m.: Cody Johnson

8 p.m.: Jon Pardi

10 p.m.: Jason Aldean

Country Club Saloon:

1 p.m.: Sean Stemaly

3 p.m.: Drew Parker

5 p.m.: Rayne Johnson

7 p.m.: Gabby Barrett

9:15 p.m.: Lainey Wilson

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