10 Things to Do This Summer in Belmont County

10 Things to Do This Summer in Belmont County

July 17, 2018 - 4:09pm -- beltour@aol.com
By Cathryn Stanley There’s only about 10 weeks left in this summer. I know! Can you believe how fast it’s flying by? So each week for the next 10 weeks, this blog will highlight one of 10 great things you can do this summer right here in Belmont County. 1. Catch an Outdoor Concert It’s kind of a “no brainer” to start with this one since this week marks the 42nd Annual Jamboree In The Hills (July 19-22). Not only is this one of the biggest events in Belmont County as far as bringing in visitors, it is the longest running country music festival in the country and was voted as the second most popular outdoor country music festival in the nation by Billboard Country Magazine in 2017. It is also the two-time winner of the Country Music Association’s "Festival, Fair or Special Event of the Year" award. JAMBO, as it is affectionately known to fans, has featured country legends such as Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Barbara Mandrell, Tammy Wynette, Roy Clark (Yes, I grew up watching Hee Haw), Charley Pride, Crystal Gayle, Jerry Lee Lewis, Alabama, Conway Twitty, Bill Monroe, and pretty much everyone who is, was, or will be anyone in the country music industry. This year’s line-up includes what I think is a great mix of talent from veteran performers to today’s up and comers: The Marshall Tucker Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt, Riley Green, Jimmie Allen, Big & Rich, Toby Keith, Shane Owens, Tim Montanta, Black Stone Cherry, Josh Phillips, Gretchen Wilson, Brantley Gilbert, The Kentucky Headhunters, John Conlee, Joe Diffie, Diamond Rio and Jamboree staple and fan-favorite Neal McCoy. From the “Redneck Run” to the cooler decorating contest and all the fun in between, this four-day festival has drawn 100,000 country music fans to the hills of Belmont County yearly since 1977. Visit www.jamboreeinthehills.com for more information. Of course, that’s not the only gig in town, as they say. The St. Clairsville Summer Concert Series, held at the Central Park Complex Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. continues through July 31. Barnesville has the Showcase 2018 Concert Series at Community Arts Place on the village’s east side (Main Street next to KFC/A &W) every other Thursday at 7 p.m. through August. On July 26, Hank Vincent & Stonestreet Station will play a variety set. Barnesville is also home to Skyflight Productions and an eclectic variety of shows by national performers held mainly at the Albert S. George Youth Center in Barnesville Memorial Park (The venue is indoor, but you could sit outside if you want and still hear the music. Plus there's a great view of the outside from the mid-century modern style building). One upcoming show is recent Little Big Shots performer EmiSunshine and The Rain on Wednesday Aug. 15. For information on concerts and tickets, go to their Facebook page or call 423-276-2653. (FYI, they also have yummy desserts for sale, so get there early before they are gone!) Check back next week as we highlight the county's fishing spots.