Promoter, Lawrence Plead Not Guilty

An attorney for Smokin’ Country Concert promoter Elmer Cole Jr. entered a plea of not guilty to a disorderly conduct and a minor misdemeanor charge stemming from an Aug. 6 dustup with Tracy Lawrence.

Lawrence’s attorney, Dean Henry, told the Advertiser-Tribune he would also file a not guilty plea in Tiffin Municipal Court to the same charges on the singer’s behalf.

The altercation between the promoter and musician reportedly erupted after Lawrence’s Aug. 6 performance at the event, held Aug. 5-7 at Cole Farms in Bloomville, Ohio.

Lightning that night forced Lawrence to cut his set one song short and Randy Houser to cancel his show. Rain also caused some issues getting in and out of the property. Lawrence’s tour bus, among others, got stuck in the mud and assistance wasn’t available right away.

Lawrence and Cole Jr. reportedly argued, which led to the men getting into a brawl. Both were charged with disorderly conduct and a minor misdemeanor.