Lucknow, Ont. Country music festival returns after COVID-19 hiatus

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The big stage is almost ready to go, the campers are arriving, the fences are up and the bar stools are in place. In Lucknow, Ontario, that means it’s time for Music in the Fields.

“We’re back. It’s been a long road, but we’re finally here,” says Cheryl Johnston, Marketing Director of Music in the Fields.

For the first time since 2019, Lucknow’s Music in the Fields will rock the countryside around Lucknow for three days from Thursday. What started in 2009 with 1,200 country music fans turned into a gig of 6,000-8,000 fans that more than quadrupled Lucknow’s population.

“We have tickets sold everywhere. Some in Quebec, others in the West. We sold a ticket to someone in Germany, so I guess someone is coming to visit,” says Johnston.

Some of the biggest names in country music have graced Lucknow’s outdoor scene. People like Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Big and Rich. This year, the Hunter Brothers from Saskatchewan will headline Music in the Fields.

CTV News London spoke to JJ Hunter about his family’s combine in Saskatchewan as he threshed wheat.

“Once again in a small community, it feels like we’re going to another version of our hometown, which is really cool,” he says.

Music in the Fields is the brainchild of Lucknow Kinsmen, who donate all proceeds to the community. They have donated $1.3 million to their community hospital, schools and community groups since 2009.

“The community accepts it. We had 40 volunteers for our big set up day last week. It really increases community engagement and tourism,” says Johnston.

The music starts Thursday night and peaks Saturday night with the Hunter Brothers.

“We are so grateful that we can come to Lucknow and all these outdoor festivals, and that people support us all over the country and around the world. It means a lot to us, and it’s very humiliating for some farm boys,” says Hunter.

Tickets are still available on the Music in the Fields website.

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