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Hosting Luke Bryan's 2015 Farm Tour concert a good experience

Luke Bryan, left, called farmer Mick Lomont up on stage during the country star's Farm Tour concert last fall at the Lomonts' M & J Farms east of New Haven. (By Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel)
Luke Bryan, left, called farmer Mick Lomont up on stage during the country star's Farm Tour concert last fall at the Lomonts' M & J Farms east of New Haven. (By Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel)

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WHAT: Country music star Luke Bryan's 2016 Farm Tour concerts include a stop at Spangler Farms in southeast Allen County.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Oct. 8. Parking opens at 2 p.m. and the concert area at 5 p.m.

WHERE: 8332 Martin Road, near U.S. 30 and Indiana 101 north of Monroeville

COST: $49 each in advance, $59 each, if available, the day of the show. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at http://www.lukebryan.com/farm-tour.html. Parking is $5 per vehicle in advance and $10 per vehicle if available on the day of the show.

OTHER STOPS

Luke Bryan also plans Farm Tour concerts Oct. 5, Gaston, S.C.; Oct. 6, Greenback, Tenn.; Oct. 7, Elizabethtown, Ky.; Oct. 12, Batesville, Miss.; Oct. 13, Prairie Grove, Ark.; Oct. 14, Centralia, Mo.; and Oct. 15, Effingham, Ill.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 09:01 pm
Nearly a year later, Mick and Jane Lomont still get the same three questions everywhere they go: How did you get to host country music star Luke Bryan's Farm Tour concert last fall at your farm east of New Haven?

Did the concert crew clean up your fields afterward?

Would you do it again?

"It turned out to be a good experience," Mick said last week.

"It was like a reunion," added Jane, who said their children and family all came over to attend the concert or to watch it from their front yard along Girard Road, just south of U.S. 30.

Bryan, whose song “Huntin,’ Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” just hit No. 1 on the country music charts, will return to southeast Allen County with a Farm Tour concert at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at Spangler Farms at 8332 Martin Road north of Monroeville.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday at http://www.lukebryan.com/farm-tour.html. Prices are $49 per person in advance and, if available, $59 each on the day of the concert. Parking is $5 per vehicle in advance and, if available, $10 on the day of the show.

Last fall, the concert's 20,000 tickets sold out by 2 p.m. the day they went on to the general public sale, Mick Lomont said. 

The Lomonts didn't seek out the concert. Luke Bryan's Farm Tour staff apparently wanted to find a site in this area because his shows always sell really well at Memorial Coliseum, Mick Lomont said.

Tour staff contacted the Allen County Sheriff's Department for help finding a farm. Mick's cousin, Brad Kohrman, the sheriff's department's deputy chief of administration, came out one day in February 2015 to ask if Mick and Jane would be willing to host the concert at their M & J Farms.

The tour staff wanted a 120-acre field. The Lomonts could offer only a 70-acre field across the road, which was planted in wheat, and the field behind their house, which he planned to put in soybeans. The tour staff said yes.

Before the Lomonts agreed, however, they did some research on Luke Bryan and the farm tour concerts, including speaking with a couple of farmers who had hosted concerts in prior years.

"We didn't get any negatives," Jane said.

The also liked that a portion of the Farm Tour concert proceeds go to a scholarship fund for young people from farm families in communities where the concerts take place.

In addition, they took a vote within their family — they have a son and five daughters. They didn't get opposition.

"When I told our kids and grandkids about it, they about died," a grinning Mick said, describing their excitement.

Everything went smoothly at the event.

After the concert, a crew of about 40 people to came in to clean up the fields, he said. They stayed until he drove through to check the fields and gave them his OK.

The Lomonts also didn't have any problems with soil compaction, he said. They planted both fields in corn this year, and it's growing well.

Would they do it again? 

It worked out last year because they had the right crops in the fields, Mick said. He harvested the wheat in early summer and planted rye grass to get that field ready for concert use. He planted early-maturing soybeans in the field behind their house, and he harvested them two weeks before the ground became a parking lot for about 6,000 vehicles.

They fretted about what would happen if it rained, and they had everyone praying for dry weather, which came through. 

But they did spend most of their summer getting ready for the late September concert, Jane said.

The Lomonts, who know the Spanglers, shared their advice when asked for it by this year's Farm Tour hosts.

Some of the tips: Be prepared to do a lot of media interviews. Expect calls from people asking for concert tickets. And talk with your neighbors beforehand to make sure they know about the concert and can adjust their lives accordingly on Oct. 8.

The Lomonts have a lot of good memories, too.

They met Luke Bryan. After the concert, they received eight or nine "Thank you" notes from people saying how much they appreciated them hosting the event.

The strongest feedback came from an Ohio woman they met one night at a ball game at Heritage Junior-Senior High School.

"That was the best night of my life," she said.

   

More Information

Luke Bryan Farm Tour tickets

WHAT: Country music star Luke Bryan's 2016 Farm Tour concerts include a stop at Spangler Farms in southeast Allen County.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Oct. 8. Parking opens at 2 p.m. and the concert area at 5 p.m.

WHERE: 8332 Martin Road, near U.S. 30 and Indiana 101 north of Monroeville

COST: $49 each in advance, $59 each, if available, the day of the show. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at http://www.lukebryan.com/farm-tour.html. Parking is $5 per vehicle in advance and $10 per vehicle if available on the day of the show.

OTHER STOPS

Luke Bryan also plans Farm Tour concerts Oct. 5, Gaston, S.C.; Oct. 6, Greenback, Tenn.; Oct. 7, Elizabethtown, Ky.; Oct. 12, Batesville, Miss.; Oct. 13, Prairie Grove, Ark.; Oct. 14, Centralia, Mo.; and Oct. 15, Effingham, Ill.

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