Owners to sell Country Jam ranch

Annual music festival to stay put for now, but could be moved after 2010

There will be no tears in the beers of Country Jammers for the next two years, but after 2010 the venue could be held somewhere other than the traditional wild west terrain of Mack.

One of the co-owners of Country Jam USA, Jim Bischel, of Chippewa Falls, Wis., said the property is for sale, but he’s determined to keep Country Jam right where it is at — at least for the next couple years.

“We do own the property and we are trying to sell the land,” Bischel said.

But even if he does sell the 245 acres at 1065 U.S. Highway 6&50, he is not planning on moving the event.

“We want a lease to remain on that site,” Bischel said. “Things are going good out there.”

Concert organizers are booking acts and vendors, with contracts tied to the Mack location, for the next two years.

“We are already booking acts for 2010 at that location. We do not have plans on moving,” Bischel said.

Even so, the rumor barn has been burning about the future of Country Jam. Mark Steen, director of operations for Country Jam and one of the owners of Rock Jam, said he has gotten half-a-dozen calls recently regarding Country Jam’s future. But he’s also done plenty of business.

“Just in the last couple weeks we have signed multi-year agreements with sponsors,” Steen said. “There are no changes in the works for us.”

But he stopped short of saying the multi-day concerts wouldn’t move somewhere else.

“Is there a chance? Yeah, I mean a slim chance,” Steen said. “Somewhere between not a chance and nil.”

If the price is right, Steen said, Country Jam land owners would sell and could be forced to move. But, if possible, they would not move far.

“Then we would just go down the road to Loma somewhere and move our infrastructure to there,” Steen said. “Our roots are in Grand Junction.”


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