JITH Crowd Shows Colors

MORRISTOWN – Year in and year out those attending Jamboree In The Hills in Morristown can expect to see hundreds of unusual costumes mixed in with the crowd. And this weekend was no different, with many choosing patriotic themes.

“I love America,” Jerry Brown of Shadyside simply said as he waved his cowboy hat in the air Saturday afternoon while wearing a shirt and bandanna covered in stars and stripes. His beard was dyed red, white, and blue.

Brown said he wears a patriotic theme every year he attends the country music festival. He said he really enjoys the music and the crowd.

“We look forward to it every year. We like the new costumes and the classic ones who have been coming for years,” said Shannon Wall, marketing director for JITH. “There are a lot of patriotic costumes. We’ve had several superheroes this year.”

“The weekend has actually been going really great. Our ticket sales are up from last year. It’s been a really positive crowd. … They stuck it out through the little bit of rain that we had, and despite the weather they have been great,” Wall added.

Ella Shrock of Middlefield, Ohio, said she decided to dress as “Aunt Sam” taking on an Uncle Sam appearance because she wanted to be supportive of the United States and our soldiers.

“It’s about America,” she said while listening to Laura Bell Bundy entertain the crowd.

Other entertainers performing Saturday included: Chris Higbee, Todd O’Neill, Sarah Darling, Ron Retzer with 11/70, Jerrod Niemann, The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Gary Allen, and Brooks & Dunn finishing out the evening as part of their farewell tour.

Even an old red, white, and blue school bus named the “USA Express” was shuttling festival goers around the parking area of JITH. Besides patriotic themes, other costumes seen at the festival included: a gorilla, a shamrock, a buffalo, and even Richard Simmons and Howie Mandel.

The festival concludes today with: the Fabulous Bender Boys, Mayf Nutter, James Otto, Charlie Daniels, Tanya Tucker, Neal McCoy and Sawyer Brown, scheduled to perform.