By Susan Mires
BETHANY—A crowd of 4,000 to 5,000 is expected here Sept. 25 at the first LifeLight Missouri concert.
The free festival will feature Lincoln Brewster, Remedy Drive, the Blackwood Brothers and many others at Miracle Hills Ranch.
LifeLight’s annual festival Labor Day Weekend at Sioux Falls, S.D., is one of the largest Christian music events in the nation; more than 100,000 attended each day of this year’s event. Organizers believe Bethany’s location halfway between Kansas City and Des Moines will draw in many guests.
“This is the very first one in the United States other than Sioux Falls. We feel very blessed for it to be in this part of the country,” said Tricia Spurling of Miracle Hills Ranch in Bethany.
Spurling and her husband, Michael, manage the church campground and connected with LifeLight through mutual friends.
“The Lord enabled our paths to cross. Both organizations prayed about it for several years,” she said.
The festival will be jam-packed with three stages of music and activities for all ages. The Main Stage will feature Brewster, Alan Greene, Remedy Drive, Vota, Rachelle Hope and others. The Gospel Stage will showcase some of the biggest names in gospel music, including the Blackwood Brothers and Missouri’s own Lesters. Alternative music acts will perform on the 360 Stage. The Kaleidoscope Stage will attract children with puppets, clowns, Cowboy Ron and Double Vision, a musical act made of 12-year-old twins.
The sports area will have a jump house, paint ball, paddle boats, Frisbee golf, sand volleyball and food booths.
“Our goal is to have everyone come out to hear the concerts they want and have entertainment and fun in between,” Spurling said.
In keeping with LifeLight’s mission, the festival, activities and parking are all free. An offering will be taken.
Spurling said the community has been very supportive and three radio stations will be broadcasting from the festival.
“We’re really hoping churches take advantage of it and invite people. A lot of people will come to a free concert that wouldn’t go to church,” she said. “We’re believing for a great day.”
To reach Miracle Hills, take Interstate 35 north to exit 88, turn west and follow the signs. More information is available at www.lifelight.org/missouri <http://www.lifelight.org/missouri> .