Country Music Festival Won’t Return to Forest City in 2023

Forest City’s major summer concert attraction will not return in 2023.  Country Thunder Iowa  announced it is shutting down its concert event —  citing a number of reasons. Forest City Mayor Ron Holland expressed disappointment about the announcement.     

Area country music fans had expressed disappointment in the event for what they termed as a lack of strong acts at the event. Others cited that move away from Memorial Day weekend when they could take time away from work, especially traveling long distances, to attend the concert. Mayor Holland says that Country Thunder owes Heritage Park where the concert venue was located, some rent money as a stipulation of the contract agreement.   

Holland is searching for an agency that operates these kinds of events to bring a replacement event to Forest City. 

The event got its start as the Tree Town Music Festival but was bought out by Country Thunder Music Festivals a few years ago. Country Thunder continues to operate in Kissimmee, Florida, Bristol, Tennessee, Calgary, Alberta, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Saskatchewan, and Florence, Arizona.