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Bash on The Bay underway at Put-In-Bay

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    From left: Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts perform during the second Bash on the Bay country music festival.

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    Dave Bryant, of Taylor, Mich., sports a Rascal Flatts shirt during the second Bash on the Bay.

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    Jon West, of Columbia Station, Ohio, listens to the music during the second Bash on the Bay country music festival in Put-in-Bay Airport on Put-in-Bay, Ohio, on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

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    All clad in Rascal Flatts shirts, from front left, Dave Bryant, Stephanie Cupp, Michele Bryant and Christina Bryant, all of Taylor, Mich., toast during the second Bash on the Bay country music festival at Put-in-Bay Airport.

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    TONED CTY BAY31Fans listen during the second Bash on the Bay country music festival at Pun-in-Bay Airport in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, on Thursday, August 30, 2018. THE BLADE/KURT STEISS

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    Monk Nemec, of Put-in-Bay, enjoys a beer as he waits for Joe Nichols to go on stage during the second Bash on the Bay country music festival.

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    Joe Nichols leads a clap as he performs during the second Bash on the Bay.

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PUT-IN-BAY — The second annual Bash On The Bay country music festival at the island is underway.

American country band Rascal Flatts headlines the festival tonight. Organizers are expecting more than 10,000 people to attend the event at the island’s airport.

Opening groups includes Chris Lane, Joe Nichols, the Cory Farley Band, and Paulina Jayne. The first band will perform at 3:30 p.m.

“To bring a person or an entertainer of this scale to [Put-in-Bay] is a big deal for this little island,” Tim Niese recently told The Blade. Niese is the festival’s organizer and is also a business owner on the island.

Last year Toby Keith headlined the island’s first Bash On The Bay, an event that generated about $6 million in economic impact to Put-in-Bay and the surrounding area.

Miller Boat Line and the Jet Express both extended their hours and are working in more frequent rides from the mainland to the island. The ferry systems will be able to transport nearly 3,000 people to the island in an hour today.

There are about 250 people working security this year, including deputies from Jackson County, Ohio, and personnel from the Contemporary Services Corp., who also guard the Cleveland Browns’ stadium.

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