After months of planning and preparation, RiseFest will take place this Saturday in Sheldon. The family-friendly festival, which will feature well-known Christian bands and speakers, will take place at the Sheldon Crossing on the bypass of Highways 60 and 18.
"We're really excited with only days left and we're grateful for all the blessings God has given us thus far" RISE Ministries founder and president Rob Roozeboom said. "We're looking forward to a great day on Saturday and we are anticipating what God is going to do at this year's festival."
The festival includes top Christian artists such as Matt Maher, Mark Schultz, Natalie Grant, Tenth Avenue North, and many more, seminars, and speakers. Children can play games, enjoy inflatables, and make crafts in the Kid's Zone, sponsored by Sanford. The day also kicks off with the first inaugural RiseFest Pedal-Paddle-Run sponsored by Citizen's State Bank. Band lineups and more information is available at www.riseministries.com/risefest.
The festival is the seventh such event that RISE has hosted. The previous six have all been held in Orange City. The change of location for this year's festival has added excitement and created new opportunities for people to become involved as, for the first time ever, volunteer sign-ups were shut down a week early because of overflow. RISE, along with its sponsors, seek to make the atmosphere of the event fun for all ages. Tickets will be available at the gate for $20, while children 10 and under receive free admission.
"We have seen passionate support from the city of Sheldon surrounding the festival. Although the setting will be different this year, the mission, music, and feel of RiseFest will not change," Roozeboom said. "RiseFest is more than music, it's a mission."
Part of the mission of RiseFest this year is the festival's partnership with Village Northwest of Sheldon and Soles 4 Souls. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring their used shoes to donate to Soles 4 Souls, providing jobs for residents of the Village and shoes for those in need. A Demco wagon will be placed on the grounds for festival-goers to throw their shoes into.
For more information or to order tickets, visit www.riseministries.com or call 712-324-9763