Words & Deeds

Mountain Home Country fest drew 14,000; next year’s acts revealed

After a fun but dusty 2015 challenged by first-year organizational hurdles, the Mountain Home Country Music Festival needed a smoother year No. 2 to guarantee a promising future.

What’s that Jason Aldean song? Oh yeah: “Just Gettin’ Started.”

With roughly 14,000 people attending in rural Elmore County (similar to 2015), festival president Anne Hankins says last weekend’s three-day camping bash set a solid foundation for 2017.

Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton will headline next year’s festival, which is July 28-30, 2017. The third headliner is rumored to be Keith Urban. Expect that to be confirmed soon.

“I really am very pleased,” Hankins says. “Thing went great ... The improvements we made were well-received and appreciated.”

Fans who attended last weekend were able to purchase tickets for 2017. Those on-site ticket sales were up 124 percent, Hankins says.

“I'd like to say it has everything to do with our stellar team of people that rocked it, but I'm sure announcing Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton helped,” she says.

Last weekend’s headliners were equally big names: Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Kenny Chesney. Three major Nashville acts are a staple of the festival, which features more than a dozen touring country performers, plus locals.

The Mountain Home Country Music Festival brings about $3 million of economic revenue into the area, Hankins says. It’s also a fundraising boon for local schools and nonprofits. About $90,000 was raised in 2015.

To buy tickets for 2017, call (541) 345-9263 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. today or Monday. After that, ticket sales will go dormant until a relaunch in October, Hankins says. Watch the festival website for further information.