LOUISBURG — Louisburg will be one of the most popular destinations in the Heartland for country music fans on Thursday, Oct. 3.
The Luke Bryan 2019 Farm Tour concert will put down roots that afternoon at MC Farms, located northwest of Louisburg at 13703 W. 255th St. The venue is near the corner of West 255th Street and Pflumm Road — just south of Chiles Airpark.
The concert is slated to start at 6 p.m.
At a County Commission meeting in June, Louisburg Chamber of Commerce board member Joel Viterna told commissioners he attended the 2017 Farm Tour concert near Baldwin City and the event went off without a hitch.
Viterna said people arrived early and were laid back and friendly. He said the scene took on a wonderful tailgate atmosphere like game day at a college football stadium or a Chiefs game.
“I had an amazing time just as a concert-goer,” Viterna said.
Thousands of people are expected to attend the rural Louisburg concert. They will join the ranks of the more than 100,000 fans who attend the tour annually, according to Bryan’s website.
The country music artist and “American Idol” judge said on his website the idea behind the tour is to bring full production concerts to small towns that would not see larger scale shows.
“Growing up in rural Georgia we had to drive to larger cities to see concerts,” Bryan wrote. “It is so exciting to watch each of these shows being built like a small city in itself in the empty pasture land of these farms. We can feel the pride from the people in these towns as well as the farmers and it takes everyone coming together to pull them off.”
Bryan’s tour has raised money for college scholarships for students of farm families. To date, more than 60 scholarships have been granted, according to the website.
Traffic routes to concert
The Miami County Sheriff’s Office in coordination with several local law enforcement, EMS and fire personnel will be on site along with Luke Bryan security staff, according to a sheriff's office news release. Law enforcement and county officials have designated two traffic routes to access the concert (see attached map).
Motorists using U.S. Highway 169 should exit the highway at 255th Street and go east on 255th Street to Somerset Road, then north on Somerset to 247th Street, then east on 247th Street to Pflumm Road, and then south on Pflumm to the concert site on 255th Street. Motorists using U.S. Highway 69 should exit the highway at 247th Street and go west to Pflumm Road, then south on Pflumm to the concert site on 255th Street.
All side roadways will be closed off for event traffic, and signage will be posted, according to the release.
Parking opens at 2 p.m. and gates to the venue open at 5 p.m.
The event is expected to draw thousands of people and the safety and security of all persons is the top priority of the agencies involved, Miami County Sheriff's officials said.
The 11th annual Farm Tour is setting up stages at six locations, with Louisburg being the fourth stop, according to Bryan’s website. Concerts have already taken place at Marshall, Wis., Richland, Mich., and Pleasantville, Ohio. After the Louisburg concert, the tour travels Oct. 4 to Douglass, Kan., and wraps up Oct. 5 at Norman, Okla.