Craig Allen, a singer-songwriter from Nashville, Tenn., has fallen for the hills of Highland County. And as though it was pulled right out of a country song, this story starts with a girl.
In August of 2015, Allen met a local gal and she traveled to Nashville to celebrate her birthday with him. She led him to Hillsboro, where he started a journey very different than anything he ever imagined. Allen never saw himself investing so much of himself in a rural city in Ohio, but that is precisely what he intends to do. He is now looking to buy property and build a business based around good wholesome fun, food, and entertainment. He’s also thinking about starting a cowboy church.
In the meantime, he can be seen at the Fling Barn where he will be hosting a concert event benefitting the Mike Zimmer Foundation.
Years ago, Allen developed a relationship with current Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer when Zimmer was the defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. Zimmer heard Allen’s song, “God Missed Her Most” and had it played at the funeral of his wife, Vicki. To honor his wife, Zimmer started the Mike Zimmer Foundation, which aims to provide opportunities to children through various projects including scholarships and free youth football camps.
The benefit concert will take place Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Fling Barn located at 8205 W. Berrysville Road outside of Hillsboro. During the concert, Allen will be shooting footage for the performance video of the song, “God Missed Her Most,” in which Zimmer will play a cameo role.
Now you can play a part in his “country song” story of falling for a girl, falling for her hometown, and starting a new and unexpected chapter in his life. Purchase tickets at www.CraigAllenCountry.org/store. Admission is $10 and will include several raffle opportunities. Doors open at 6:30 pm and music starts at 8 pm. Food will be available by Po Boys BBQ.
For more information, visit Allen’s Facebook page, Craig Allen Country.
Submitted by Maddie Cupp, Highland County Chamber of Commerce.