Jamboree In The Hills Comes to a Close in Morristown

Photo by Jennifer Compston-Strough Tim Lucas of Barnesville holds his guitar a few minutes after Sammy Kershaw signed it while performing at Jamboree In The Hills on Sunday.

Die-hard country music fans hung on until the very end of the show at Jamboree In The Hills on Sunday, cheering loudly for artists such as Tanya Tucker, Sammy Kershaw and Sawyer Brown.

In addition to dancing at their seats and singing along with the performers, some even brought precious belongings such as their favorite guitar into the venue in hopes of having them autographed. Tim Lucas of Barnesville got his wish when Sammy Kershaw stepped to the front of the stage and signed his guitar even as he continued to sing for the crowd.

Lucas said this year marked his 18th visit to JITH. He said the entire four-day concert was “awesome,” noting his only regret was that his wife, Tina, had to work all weekend and was not able to accompany him.

Lucas said Kershaw was not the first country music star to sign his guitar. It featured several autographs, including one obtained Saturday night from Lady Antebellum. But of those who had signed the instrument, Lucas said Kershaw was his favorite.

Elsewhere in the crowd folks were enjoying each other’s company and the afternoon lineup. Women in the crowd swayed and sang along with Tanya Tucker, who made her ninth appearance at JITH this year. Plenty of people were also having fun sporting interesting costumes, patriotic gear and lots of beads around their necks.

Muddy conditions persisted even though rain had pretty much stopped falling by late Friday. That didn’t seem to bother concert-goers, though; they simply wore tall rubber boots or cowboy boots to in an effort to keep their feet dry, or they splashed around in the muck and made the best of the situation.

That mud did lead to a few “slips and trips,” according to medical personnel on site. But they said overall it was a “great” year with no serious health problems or injuries occurring.

The same was true from a law enforcement perspective, according to the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department. Personnel at the operations center said guests at JITH were pleasant and enjoyed themselves without causing any problems this year.

Although some fans said the four-day lineup did not include enough national recording artists and familiar country stars, most were very pleased with the stars on the stage Sunday. In fact, some said the Sunday lineup was the reason they attended. Lee Greenwood opened the concert Sunday, followed by Aaron Tippin. After Tucker and Kershaw performed, Sawyer Brown closed the show.