Country Concert pumps $14 million into local economy

FORT LORAMIE, Ohio (WDTN) –The “Country Concert” series in Fort Loramie is hoping to add about $14 million into the economy this weekend.

According to Paul Barhorst, General Manager of the “Country Concert”, the event will have more than 20,000 fans per day.

“When they started the event, they really wanted the city of Fort Loramie, Shelby County, and the surrounding areas to benefit also,” Barhorst said.

The event had its humble beginnings not as a concert, but instead, as a celebration for Barhorst’s parents’ anniversary. He tells us his uncle ran out of wine for the party, and had to create something larger.

Country music fans are willing to fit the bill when it comes to paying for tickets.

“Absolutely, it’s a given,” Kylie Kaiser has been coming to the Country Concert for 7 years now, “December when they come out, I get them. We’re poor college students, but we’re all out here!”

Brett Mestemaker lives about 30 minutes away from Fort Loramie, but says the venue makes it worth the drive, “It’s definitely worth the money. I spent $185 for four days here. We’ve got a trailer and everything hooked up.”

While many see long traffic lines on their way into the gate, Barhorst sees dollar signs to support the local community. He says the venue draws in country music’s best fans.

“The people in the front are having a great time, but the people in the back they have a great view and are dancing and having fun,” Barhorst added. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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