Johnstown area residents can sit back in their lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon of free country music in Bigelow Park on Saturday, June 13.

Johnstown area residents can sit back in their lawn chairs and enjoy an afternoon of free country music in Bigelow Park on Saturday, June 13.

Beverly Boudinot, president of Newark's North Chapter of the Ohio Country and Western Music Association, said her goal is to take the music to the people.

"We're doing this to get people aware of our organization," she said. "We've been in Licking County as a chapter for 42 years. We hope we can get young people involved."

The association will host a free concert in the gazebo in Bigelow Park at the corner of state Route 37 and U.S. 62 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 13.

Boudinot, a Johnstown resident, said association members aren't required to be able to sing or play an instrument, but many do.

"It's a non-smoking and non-drinking (group), just nice entertainment," she added.

Currently, the 69-member association includes several keyboardists, a guitarist, drummer and banjo player.

"Several people go out and play for other organizations," Boudinot said. "I have mostly older members. A couple people yodel very well. I have a boy, Conway Turley, who started when he was 14. He's my drummer who's now 16 and very popular. We're trying to get younger people involved in country music, the old stuff."

Some teens jam with the group, but they can't become an official member until they are 18 years old, she said.

"My oldest singer plays Minnie Pearl and she's 83," Boudinot said.

Membership costs $15 per year. Most members are from Licking County but there are also some from Centerburg, Zanesville and Buckeye Lake.

"This is the first time for the free concert," Boudinot said. "I'm hoping for a good turnout. People should bring lawn chairs. If we do well in Johnstown, we may have concerts in Thornville and Heath."

The North Chapter of the Ohio Country and Western Music Association meets the second Sunday of each month at the Grotto on Waterworks Road, off route 13 in Newark. The meeting starts at 1 p.m., and the jam session begins at 2 p.m.