MARTINSVILLE — Some national acts will stop in Martinsville for the annual Morgan County Pre-Fair Concert, and a few local acts are set to take the same stage.
Rose O’Neal and local band Bigg Country will be joined by superstars Trace Adkins, Lonestar and Diamond Rio at the County Concert which will take place at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, 1749 Hospital Dr., Martinsville on Saturday June 18th.
This year’s concert is “the biggest we’ve ever done”, according to concert organizer Rob Helms.
In recent years, Helms and his company RD Productions have brought a number of national acts to Morgan County.
These acts have included country artists Justin Moore, Charlie Daniels, Craig Morgan, Sara Evans and Joe Nichols.
Helms says the concert will include food and liquor vendors, ax throwing and a mechanical bull ride. Participants must bring their own seat, tents and umbrellas are prohibited. Participants should also bring their own ponchos, in case of bad weather.
Bigg Country, of which Helms is a member, has been a pre-fair gig staple for seven years. Helms says the band is still looking forward to this event.
Bigg Country members also include Aaron Lanane, Rich Morpurgo, KJ Denton, Austin Glenn, Mona Skirvin and Kirby Jarvis.
As the name suggests, the band performs many country music classics, but has also been known to add a few rock songs.
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O’Neal, meanwhile, is a relative newcomer to the event. She looks forward to performing for her community.
“I’m really excited about the community aspect of it, because so many community members will be there and so many people I know,” O’Neal said. “I’m thrilled to sing for them all in one place.”
O’Neal recently competed on american idol, getting a golden ticket to perform in Hollywood. She hopes she can talk to the other performers at the concert and get some advice, saying it’s always good to learn.
Trace Adkins, Lonestar and Diamond Rio
Helms announced this year’s concert lineup several months ago at an event at Hubler Chevrolet in Camby, Ind.
“The show is longer, a little longer,” Helms said in October when he announced the numbers. “It’s going to start a little early. These acts are so successful, Lonestar alone has nine number one hits.”
Adkins previously performed in Morgan County at a concert in the rain in 2020.
This concert was strongly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and was moved from its originally planned site on the stand of the exhibition center to the area traditionally used as an intermediary.
During the October announcement, Helms told the Reporter-Times that Adkins’ management team wanted to return to Morgan County and offered “a lot.”
Adkins has sold over 11 million albums throughout his career and has received three Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards.
Lonestar has also received several ACM awards and a Country Music Association (ACM) award for Vocal Group of the Year.
Likewise, Diamond Rio has received two ACMs and three CMAs over his decades-long career.
Diamond Rio also received a Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album in 2011.
Tickets for the event are still available online and at select in-person locations, such as Mooresville Discount Mattress and the Martinsville YMCA.
Those wishing to purchase tickets online can do so at WCBK.com.
Parking for the event opens at 2 p.m. Attendees with platinum-level tickets can enter early from 3:30 p.m. Admission to Gold and Silver levels begins at 4.00 p.m.
For those who have a dinner pass, Gather around a barbecue will serve food from 4-6 p.m.
Reporter-Times editor Lance Gideon contributed to this story.