Vandalism partly to blame for cancellation of Crockettsville concert, trail ride

Published: Jun. 22, 2016 at 12:16 AM EDT
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A popular outdoor music event in Eastern Kentucky won't be happening this year and vandals are partly to blame.

Someone stole property and caused major damage on the old Abner farm in Breathitt County that hosts the Crockettsville Charity Concert & Trail Ride.

This marks two years in a row organizers have been forced to cancel and can't believe someone would cause harm to an event that benefits the community.

Whoever is responsible stole fencing, stripped wires, took appliances, ripped a breaker box from a wall and caused other damage.

"I was just heartbroken," said Crockettsville co-organizer Janet Smith, who estimated the damage to be between $75,000 and $100,000. "We have done so much good for the area over there and helped so many people. It just broke my heart to see all the damage that had occurred."

Crockettsville is the hallmark event for country duo Halfway to Hazard. Over the years, the event has helped David Tolliver and Chad Warrix raise more than $1,000,000 for Kentucky charities.

The concert has attracted music megastars, including Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Keith Anderson, Lee Brice, Chris Young and Eddie Montgomery.

But now the damaged infrastructure means Crockettsville is on hold for another year.

The event ran for seven years but did not happen in 2015.

"It's very disheartening," Smith said of the damage. "I really don't know what to say. But we've just got to pick the pieces up and move on."

Smith said the goal is for the concert and trail ride to return in 2017 at a new location in Breathitt County or Knott County.