Tiny Island Prepares For 30000+ Visitors For Bash On The Bay 2021
A tiny Lake Erie Island known as Put-in-Bay will grow from 650 full-time residents to hosting over 30,000 visitors in a Two Day country music festival known as Bash On The Bay 2021. The annual event has grown from a one-day concert to a two-day festival of country music.
August 25th & 26th the local airport will cease operations for two days and its runways and surrounding areas will become the stage for Blake Shelton and Keith Urban who are headlining the annual event.
Put-in-Bay, located on South Bass island three miles of the northern shore of Ohio attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually but nothing compares to the Bash On The Bay 2021 undertaking.
Ferry Boats To Play A Key Role In Bash On The Bay 2021
After closing the local airport, the massive production commences as over two dozen semi-trucks of staging and sound and light equipment make their way across Lake Erie via ferry boat to begin setting up for the Put-in-Bay Concert. Followed closely behind are food trucks, portable toilets, fencing, and a massive off-island contingency of security personnel and area law enforcement officials to provide additional security for the event.
Each day of the Bash On The Bay 2021 is expected to draw at least 15000 people who will depend on the ferry boats and their late-night service to return to the mainland at the conclusion of the show each night. Local hotels were booked to capacity within hours of the announcement of the event this spring. Put-in-Bay Resort, the island’s largest resort saw their single busiest reservation day as the entire resort sold out within 24 hours of the dates for this years event being announced.
Massive Crowds Will Test Local Infrastructure
Already challenged by a lack of employees, local restaurants, bars & attractions will be putting in long hours to feed and entertain the massive crowd. One local restaurant owner compared this week to the equivalent of four Saturdays in one week. Many restaurants have pared menus and streamlined service in anticipation of a record number of visitors.
At local hotels, bartenders and front desk personnel are helping prepare rooms and management has become more hands-on than ever. With local Put-in-Bay businesses enjoying record numbers this year, the Bash On The Bay 2021 is followed by another month of sold-out hotels and record-breaking crowds.
Local Law Enforcement will rely on several surrounding counties for additional officers to assist in providing security for the event. The island’s ferry boats will be limiting vehicle transport in order to accommodate more people. Local Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rentals report they are sold out of rentals for the entire event as carts are a popular way to get to and from the local airport.
Bash On The Bay 2021 Begins Wednesday, August 25th at 3:30 PM and Includes Several Well Known Acts
Gates will open at 2:30 PM on Wednesday for the all-day event and entertainment will begin at 3:00 PM with appearances by Runaway June, Cale Dodd, John King Cumberland Run, and headliner Blake Shelton.
Thursday times will be the same with shows by Carly Pearce, Walker Hayes, Cory Farley, The Outliers, and headliner Keith Urban.
A wide variety of food & beverage outlets will provide for concert goers. No outside food or beverage will be permitted inside the event and once you have entered the concert grounds there is no re-entry.
A Bash On The Bay 2021 Pool Party will be held on August 24th, 25th & 26th at the Put-in-Bay Resort’s famous Blue Marlin Bar & Grill from 11 AM until 6 PM with a pair of VIP tickets being given away each day. The event is open to the public.
What you need to know if you plan on attending the Put-in-Bay Concert
Put-in-Bay Ferry Service will be operating a later than normal schedule to accommodate those coming to and from the concert. Ample parking on the mainland side is available. There will be ample golf cart parking at the concert venue. For those departing on the Miller Ferry please exit on the South End of the venue as Langram road will be closed to vehicle traffic.