Henry County will crank up its volume for two days of music, food and camping when the Hamler Country Fest roars into Hamler Community Park on Ohio 109.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, with Friday admission at $15.75; Saturday is $20.90; a primitive camping site (with two Friday and Saturday admission tickets) costs $124; and $330 pays for a campsite with four backstage passes, along with two Friday and Saturday tickets. Ages 16 and under are free with paid adult admission.
Jerrod Niemann will headline Saturday’s bill, with Bucky Covington leading the way on Friday.
Covington competed on “American Idol”‘s fifth season, and his self-titled debut album opened at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the biggest first-week sales for any debut country artist in 2007. His songs include “Different World,” “I’ll Walk,” “Good To Be Us,” “Buzzin’” and “Drinking Side of Country” (a duet with Shooter Jennings).
Niemann co-wrote multiple songs for Garth Brooks, including the No. 1 hit, “Good Ride Cowboy.” His chart-topping major-label debut, “Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury,” hit The New York Times’ Top 10 Albums of 2010, with gold-certified Top 5 single “What Do You Want” and platinum-certified No. 1 hit, “Lover, Lover,” the song Niemann says changed his life.
He is touring on the heels of his fourth studio album, “This Ride,” featuring the single, “I Got This.”
Friday’s music lineup begins at 7 p.m. with Adam Calvert, a southeastern Ohio native and Tennessee transplant; guitarist/singer Chris Salyer and bassist/singer Shellby Messmer, a duo based in Wayne, follow at 8:30; Brent Lowry and the Drifters, a Pemberville-based quintet, will perform at 9; and Covington will take the stage around 11.
Redfeather, a Putnam County quintet, kicks off Saturday’s music at 3:30 p.m.; Waterville-based indie rocker Aaron Hertzfeld plays at 4:30; CJ Solar’s country music and southern rock fusion follows at 5; Vester Frey, an old time, roots rock, Americana and country blues stylist, plays at 6:30; country-rock quintet Nashville Crush commences at 7; Brent Lowry and Wade Wedge will bring their acoustic and multi-instrumental talents to the stage at 8:30; Natalie Stovall and the Drive, a Nashville-based quintet whose frontwoman/fiddler competed on the 13th season of “The Voice,” play at 9; and Niemann begins around 11.
Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. Campers may arrive beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, and must be removed by Monday, May 21; a full list of camping regulations is available at http://hamlercountryfest.com.
The concerts will be under a roof with open seating, and lawn chairs are encouraged. Food and beverages are available, and no carry-ins are allowed.
Signed memorabilia auctions run at 10:30 p.m. each day, registration for Saturday’s 5 p.m. cornhole tournament is at 4:30; and vendors include Tri-R Guns gun raffle; The Snack Shack; The Deshler Legion; Frank’s Fries; and Tiny’s BBQ.
For more information, visit the event’s website, call 419-748-7459 or email firstname.lastname@example.org