MORRISTOWN Jamboree in the Hills 2014 kicked off Thursday afternoon under partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures more reminiscent of spring.
Kelly Tucker-Jones, general manager of Jamboree in the Hills, said last year was a record-breaking year for them and they are excited for another great year. "Thursday ticket sales are up a little from last year," Tucker-Jones said.
"The weather is fantastic and merchandise sales are going well with long-sleeves and sweatshirts selling the best so far with the cool evenings." said sister Kaci Tucker, Media Coordinator for the event. "We anticipate that single day ticket sales for Friday and Saturday will be up also with Keith Urban and Tim McGraw headlining those two days."
Jones credits her incredible staff for all their hard work every year as the key to keeping everything moving along smoothly during the, "four days of madness."
Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas reported that as of Thursday evening the concert venue had been quiet. Law enforcement had no problems and had made no arrests. The sheriff described the concert goers as a "good crowd" but qualified that the "night was young."
That sentiment was echoed by Dr. Neal Aulick, MD, an emergency medicine specialist in Wheeling, and Martins Ferry and medical director for Jamboree in the Hills. "We have had a few minor scrapes and the usual nausea and vomiting," Dr. Aulick reported. "It has been quiet so far but it is too early to get comfortable."
The majority of concert goers reported that they were enjoying the fall-like temperatures, however, some of the young ladies protested that it was too cold for the traditional squirt bottle gauntlet lining the walkways of Jambo. The temperatures fell into the sixty degree range as the sun dipped below the horizon and the sweatshirts and blankets came out as headliners Little Big Town took the stage in the chilly night air.
The concert will kick off Friday night with local talent Joe Zelek. Saturday four artists form the Ohio Valley will take to the main stage, which is a direct result of Jones' dedication to promoting area artists. "I believe this is traditionally a homegrown event and we place emphasis on local bands and singers and make it a priority for them to be a part of Jamboree in the Hills every year," she stated.
Jones noted that Matt VanFossen, Ron Retzer and 1170, Tristen Smith and Katie Ohh were all performing on the main stage Saturday.
Opening ceremonies will start off today's events at 4 p.m. followed by Joe Zelek, Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert. The annual fireworks show will precede headliner Keith Urban,
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