LifeNotes: Country Concert In The Hills Founder Dies

Mike and wife Mary Jo

Mike Barhorst, 77, the founder of the Country Concert In The Hills Festival, passed away at his home in Fort Laramie on March 1.

Barhorst started Country Concert In The Hills in 1981, and the annual event grew out of a family get-together with a few hundred friends in the late ’70s to become the huge festival it is today.

This year’s Country Concert In The Hills is set for July 6-8, 2017 with Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, and Jake Owen set to headline.


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