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News Outlook COMMUNITY photos by Cecil Lawson and courtesy of the Barnyard Entertainment Venue When completed, the massive stage and pavilion at the Barnyard Entertainment Venue near Sharpsburg will seal 8000 and allow big-name musical performers to play in the area. June 24, 2021 9 Sa er Brown, guests, fireworks to open Barn ard 1 ntertainment Venue for July 4th weeken By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com The wait is almost over. Next Saturday night, July 3, the Barnyard Entertain- ment Venue, located about a mile south of Sharps- burg at 10005 West Hwy. 36, will open its gates and host country music leg- ends Sawyer Brown, along with guests Tyler Booth, Drew Parker, and George Molton, for a holiday week- end show, complete with fireworks. This will mark the first in a series of headlining concerts and events at the rural performance venue, which will include rock legends Styx, comedian Rodney Carrington, and country music legend Tra- vis Tritt, with even bigger names to follow later this year. The Barnyard Venue is a business partnership involving friends Mark and Kathy Smith, Jeff and Christy Vice, and John and Donetta Dotson, all of Mt. " Sterling. Jeff Vice, who worked in the music industry for 13 years and who wrote the song “Small Town America” that inspired the Mt Sterling festival of the same name, is in charge of booking and promotions. He met with this reporter on Monday for a tour of the site and an interview. Vice said that they had considered other locations for the Barnyard, but he floated the idea for Sharps- burg. “I felt like the people of Bath County would ap- preciate it more,” he said. He also has roots in the area, with his grandpar- ents from the Sharpsburg area. Ground was broken at Cloverbrook Farms last August, andwork on the $17 2 acre-‘location has con» tinued since that time. Vice said seven tractor trailer loads of structural steel arrived earlier than expected this year from Texas, and local contrac- tors have been busy at work bringing it all togeth- er. Their first concert next Saturday with Sawyer Brown will take place on a mobile stage, to give crews time to put the finishing touches on the big stage for the July 30 concert with Styx. The Kentucky Trans- portation Cabinet also con- ducted a traffic study of Hwy. 36 at the location and approved a site for a four- 1ane entrance road. Con- struction crews were busy at Work taking relocated steel guardrails this week. The site features 16 acres devoted to parking and 500 camp sites. Vice said the weather this year has been “tough” for construction but he added that the rest of the Barnyard’s stage and seat- ing will start going up this week. 7 When completed the stage and pavilion will be around 60 feet tall and be able to support 90,000 pounds on stage and 80,000 pounds on its fighting grid. The structural strength of the stage “will allow us to get anybody we want,” Vice said. The stage will also allow tour buses and semi-trucks to park around back and load and unload equipment as needed and out of public sight The massive stage is be- ing constructed in a natu- ral amphitheater on the property, with seating un- der the pavilion and lawn seating, for a total of 8000. “There is not a bad seat in the house,” Vice said. Plans for additional seat- ing next year along the out- er wings of the pavilion are expected to allow the site to accommodate 12,000 people. The stage will also fea-' ture a back area for dress- ing rooms, “green” rooms for artists, and prep areas for technicians. He said they are working a temporary employment agency for event staff and both uniformed and non- uniformed security for their upcoming events. Vice said signing acts to perform is a complicated process. Big name acts do not perform within a 150 mile area 90 days before the date. Many well-known per- formers are also infamous for “riders” in their con- tracts, asking for very spe- cific things to be providers at their venues. Vice noted that while this may seem extravagant to most people, performers are on the road for most of the year and like to have access to things that re- mind them of home. He also said that while music “is a huge business in Nashville and Los Ange- les, it is also a small world,” and he wants the Barnyard Venue to make a good impression so other big names will want to perform there in the future. He said they also want to give the opportunity for up and coming performers to show their talents. Vice said there will be 12 events at the Barnyard Venue this year, and the upcoming list of perform- ers will include (with oth- ers to be announced soon): July 3 Sawyer Brown with special guests Tyler Booth, Drew Parker & George Molton July 30 - Styx with special guest to be announced July 31 Rodney Car- rington' with Jon Reep August 13 Travis T ritt with The Desert City Ram- blers Next year, Vice said, they will focus on rock and bluegrass festivals. He has also been busy contacting area tourism promotion boards and lo- cal businesses for potential partnerships, including food vendors and bed and breakfast owners. “We want to work with everybody instead of against anybody,” Vice said. He wanted to extend his thanks to everyone in Bath County who has helped to make the Barnyard Venue a reality. Tickets for each show are available at www.the— ' barnyardvenue.com. 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