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Bash on the Bay is back and bigger than ever Ohio’s own Rascal Flatts to headline second annual festival


PUT-IN-BAY -– If “Life is a Highway,” that highway is leading to Put-in-Bay and Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands this summer thanks to a Grammy-award-winning country music mega-group.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, COPS Productions, in conjunction with the Put-in-Bay Port Authority will host its second annual Bash on the Bay Country Music Festival featuring Ohio’s own Rascal Flatts. The performance is a part of Rascal Flatts “Back to US” tour, presented by Ford F-Series.

The festival will take place at the Put-in-Bay Airport. Gates will open at 3 p.m. Several bands will play before Rascal Flatts takes the stage, including Chris Lane, the Cory Farley Band and more.

“Last year we proved that Put-in-Bay and the Shores & Islands region can put on an amazing show,” said Tim Niese, festival organizer and local businessperson. “Being able to secure a multi-award-winning group like Rascal Flatts will help us make this year’s festival bigger and better than ever.”

Tickets for the festival are scheduled to go on sale this Friday, April 20, through etix.com. A special Rascal Flatts VIP experience ticket will be available! Miller Ferry and Jet Express will provide late-night boat service to and from Put-in-Bay. Limited car parking will be available and there will be ample parking for golf carts at the airport. After the event taxis and the downtown bus will be staged at the north end of the runway to transport concert attendee’s downtown. Numerous food trucks will be on site with all sorts of menu choices.

Overnight packages which include concert tickets will be offered by Islander Inn and Grand Islander Hotel. Additional concert information can be found at bashonthebay.com. Information on Put-in-Bay and other area attractions and lodging is available at shoresandislands.com.