History

The Festival of the Bells, celebrated each 4th of July weekend in Hillsboro, Ohio, is an outgrowth of a successful 1976 Bicentennial celebration of the founding of our country. When local citizens were searching for a permanent name for a yearly celebration, it was noted that at one time Hillsboro was famous for the production of steel alloy bells, which were shipped around the world. Thus the name Festival of the Bells was established. The Festival has continued to provide three days of family friendly events, a variety of vendors and crafters, rides, games, and quality entertainment. Past performers have included well known Christian artists (sponsored by the local ministerial association and area churches), and chart-topping country musicians.

Festival of the Bells Entertainment

2000                                                                         Brad Paisley

2001                                                                          Rascal Flatts                           Joe Diffee

2002                                                                         Brad Martin                           Chris Cagle

2003                                                                         Joe Nichols                            Chris Cagle

2004                                                                        Dierks Bentley                     Trick Pony

2005                                                                         Josh Gracin                            Blake Shelton

2006                        Mark Shultz                        Little Big Town                    Daryl Worley

2007                        Todd Agnew                        Taylor Swift                            Neal McCoy

                                                                                Emerson Drive

2008                        Big Daddy Weave             Chuck Wicks                          Bucky Covington

2009                        Rush of Fools                     Julianne Hough                   Lady Antebellum

2010                        Natalie Grant                     Justin Moore                    Jason Michael Carroll

2011                        Matthew West                    The Band Perry                    Easton Corbin

2012                        Sanctus Real                       James Wesley                      Hunter Hayes

                                                                                   Kip Moore

2013                        Brandon Heath                  The Farm                              Dustin Lynch

2014                        Francesca Battistelli        Frankie Ballard                   Zach Paxson

                                                                              Eric Paslay                          Parmalee

2015                        Sidewalk Prophets          After Hours                            RaeLynn

                                                                              John King                           Chase Bryant

2016                        Building 429                     Jana Kramer                          Phil Vassar

2017                       Danny Gokey               William Michael Morgan          Brett Young