ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (CelebrityAccess) Jamboree in the Hills, a popular event in Ohio Valley, has been put “on hiatus” by Live Nation, saying it will “consider options regarding the future of the Belmont County festival site.”
“We are disappointed because behind the scenes we’ve been working really hard with Live Nation to get this to happen,” said Mark Thomas, Belmont County commissioner.
Thomas says Live Nation has been facing losses, with low ticket sales and complaints about the quality of entertainment, WTRF News said. Plus, there was a controversy between fans and management regarding a BYOB policy.
“I think it would be a big help if Live Nation were able to do concessions like they do at some of the rest of their facilities–Star Lake, Key Bank Pavilion–where they actually sell the beer as opposed to bringing it in.” Thomas said. The BYOB tradition was rescinded two years ago but fans apparently considered it a “deal breaker.”
The quality of the entertainment had also reportedly been a concern in the past year. Last year’s event included Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Chris Young and Thomas Rhett.
“Back when it started in 1977 and the first show was held at Brush Run Park, nobody in the organization would have thought that it would have lasted 41 years,” said Randall Alderman, speaking on behalf of his family, who own the original site of the country music festival.
“Attendance was way off, which led us to reach out to Live Nation to say, ‘Would you be willing to sit down with us? Because we could see it from a business perspective, that it may be waning as far as its viability.’ So, they did and I commend them for it,” Thomas told WTOV News. “From the county level, it’s a loss, loss in the month of July — two, three weeks-worth of hotel, motel lodging receipts, and a lot of sales tax with people buying food, drinks, tents and what have you,” he said. “We will feel the loss, but really, it comes down to a quality of life issue, regardless of who sits in the county commission seats, we are going to proceed in trying to save this for the entire Ohio Valley. ”