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The Final Curtain Closes on Blame My Roots Fest


Blame My Roots Fest in Belmont, Ohio is being discontinued. The announcement was posted on the festivals website and social media on Monday (11.6.23).

The event, which started in 2019, was created to fill the void left after Jamboree In The Hills was disbanded after 41 years of their annual festival.

“Thank you, country music fans,” stated the post. “We’ve decided to retire the Blame My Roots Festival after being unable to book a 2024 headliner. The difficulties we’ve experienced since May have shown us there is too much competition with other country music concerts, tours and festivals in our region for us to exist.”

“We’re proud that we provided country music fans a fun experience in a familiar place to gather with their family and friends.”

Chris Dutton, co-founder of the event with his sister Nina, confirmed by phone that Blame My Roots is no longer, and added that organizers were unable to secure a headline act for the show that had been planned for July 2024. He said acts were simply choosing to perform at larger concerts and events.

The festival held the third version of the annual event in July 2022 on a family-owned property known as Valley View Campgrounds located just across from the Jamboree in the Hills on U.S. 40. The site was home for campers going to Jamboree in the Hills for decades.

Last year, Blame My Roots Fest announced that they would be working with a Nashville booking agency. The move was to hopefully secure a headliner for BMRF, but an announcement of artists never came to fruition.