Future of Jamboree in the Hills music festival in jeopardy


MORRISTOWN, Ohio (WTRF/WKBN) – One of Ohio’s biggest country music festivals may be done for good.

Jamboree in the Hills is normally held on a 210-acre property along Route 40 near Interstate 70 in Belmont County. Live Nation recently sold that property for $1.3 million to the Roger Barack family, of Bellaire.

Officials say it’s unlikely concerts will be held there again.

“I’d be really surprised if it gets turned into an entertainment venue of any kind,” said Jerry Echemann, Belmont County commissioner. “It’s possible, one never knows, but I think you’ll end up seeing housing or industrial development of some kind and, hopefully, in a quick timetable. I would not want to see it sit for years, and years, and years and there it sits, you know?”

The new property owners aren’t yet saying what they have planned.

However, the public has plenty of ideas.

“I heard everything from the public, like it would make a great drive-in theater, which it probably would, and it ought to be a big housing development with a lot of nice homes,” Echemann said. “My own personal preference would be something that provides jobs and a lot of them, whatever that might be, because I think that’s what this area needs the most.”

It’s a prime location.

Echemann believes it was a good purchase at a good price and it’s an excellent piece of property.

Jamboree in the Hills was canceled in 2018 in a debate over alcohol being sold at the event.

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