The Country Fest is Becoming a Summer Tradition


I love summer and the traditions that come with the season. The smell of barbecue on the Fourth of July, going to my favorite ice cream shop for a chocolate malt and catching an Indians game on a hot summer’s night.

The Country Fest, which began in 2010, is quickly become another tradition of summer in Ohio. The three-day festival began with a modest 8,000 in attendance, but has grown to well over 50,000. The organizers of the event, Project Live, are hoping that this year is even bigger.

The event hosts some of the biggest names in country music this year with performances by Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert and Eric Church. In total, thirteen country acts will hit the main stage at The Country Fest in 2016.

This year will mark the seventh year for The Country Fest. Huge country stars including Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley have performed on The Country Fest stage. Those big names, along with the attraction of camping at Clay’s Park Resort, draw tens of thousands of people from Ohio and surrounding states, easily making it one of the largest festivals in Stark County.

In 2014, The Country Fest continued to break attendance records each day. The organizers rebuilt the fest’s stage to accommodate a larger show. Rain last year affected the number of people who attended, but after the festival was over Joel Beichler, who puts on the festival with Aaron Green, under their company Project Live, LLC stated, “I am looking forward to next year…We want to go bigger.”

In addition to the concerts, festival attendees can enjoy the New Adventure Water Park and other Clays Park amenities. Tickets start at $60 for Thursday, $65 for Friday and $70 for Saturday. There are other options you can add on like camping; Pit Passes – which allow attendees admittance access to the front few rows; and VIP/Tailgate Parking – with it’s own exit.

The Country Fest schedule is:

Thursday, June 9th

4:00 pm – Jana Kramer

6:00 pm – Granger Smith Ft. Earl Dibbles Jr.

8:00 pm – Eric Paslay

10:00 pm – Justin Moore

Friday, June 10th

4:00 pm – William Michael Morgan

6:00 pm – Canaan Smith

8:00 pm – Chase Rice

10:00 pm – Brantley Gilbert

Saturday, June 11th

3:00 pm – Mark Leach

4:00 pm – Craig Campbell

6:00 pm – Jon Pardi

8:00 pm – Gary Allan

10:00 pm – Eric Church

The Country Fest is located at Clay’s Park and Resort in Canal Fulton, Ohio. The tickets will be available pre-sale, and also at the gate and there is no possibility of a sell out due to the size of the venue at the park. The festival will take place rain or shine.

For more information about The Country Fest, including tickets, camping, parking and general rules go to Country Fest tickets are available online, by phone (330)930-0398 or at The Country Fest box office located in Orrville, Ohio.