God has been a part of our country since its birth. While our nation has always protected the rights of those who do not believe, it was founded on the notion that our human liberties do not derive from man—for if they do, then man can just as surely take them away. Instead, our country was established on the profoundly powerful idea that human freedom is the natural state of things as bestowed to us by our Creator.

At the God and Country Festival, we celebrate that.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
~ Declaration of Independence

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
~ Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

Love of country runs deep here in Idaho, and we want to celebrate all that our country stands for at the God and Country Festival. Brave men and women have given the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our nation's liberties and values. We want to take some time out to say thank you, and to very publicly and intentionally pass on those values to the next generation.

As the family goes, so goes the nation. Our country is only as good as the American families it is comprised of, so one of our goals here at the God and Country Festival is to encourage the family. It must survive. It must thrive, and continue to pass on the values that made our country the greatest nation on earth.

A core value of the God and Country Festival is freedom. Freedom to express our faith. Freedom to stand together as a community and honor our country's founders. Freedom to honor the men and women serving in the military who bravely protect our freedoms. Stand with us to celebrate this great American value.

Nampa, Idaho - The Treasure Valley God and Country Festival is announcing a Local Artist Showcase on April 1, 2011 to be held at Christian Faith Center in Nampa. The event, which will be an opportunity for local Christian music artists to audition for a chance to play at the 2011 God and Country Festival, will begin at 6:00 pm.

Christian Faith Center is located at 31 South Midland Blvd. in Nampa. Artists will perform in front of a live audience. The event, which is free to the public and artists alike, will be sponsored by Aged Out Teens Unlimited, a local ministry to help Idaho teens leaving the foster care system who were never adopted into a permanent family.

Artists can download an application to appear in the Showcase by visiting the God and Country Festival website at www.godandcountryfestival.com.

Susan Ness, President of the Festival, says the board is excited to hear local artists showcasing their God-given talents for the community.

"While we don't have enough time for all of the great artists here in the Treasure Valley, we do want to hear as many as possible." Ethan Wheeler of Triamp Group, Inc., who is engineering the sound for the Showcase and the Festival, says artists will be limited to two songs and the backline equipment on hand.

"This will be a fast-paced evening due to time limitations, but it should be a lot of fun."

About the God and Country Festival

The God and Country Festival is a free annual concert, fireworks show, and civic event celebrating religious freedom of expression and assembly in America, and honoring the men and women in the military who serve to protect that freedom. It is held the Wednesday before the Fourth of July each year.


About Aged Out Teens Unlimited

Aged Out Teens Unlimited is a local ministry to teens who are "aging out" of Idaho's foster care system. Teens are often overlooked for adoption and age out of the system, entering adulthood with no hope, no future, and no permanent family to share birthdays, holidays, weddings, and life. AOT Unlimited's mission is to provide permanent families for these teens along with mentoring in basic job and life skills.



God and Country Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 993
Nampa, ID 83653

Carol Andrews
Vice President

Thanks to Mike Butts at the Idaho Press-Tribune for writing an article covering the 2010 God and Country Festival. Thanks to the Nampa Police Department and the Idaho Center for working together to help address exiting issues this year. We're hoping our visitors experience a quick and easy exit from the parking lot after the event!

There has been a lot of talk recently about how the fourth verse of the Star Spangled Banner has been forgotten or intentionally eliminated from public performances. Faithful Men will sing the first and fourth verses at this event. We thought we'd post them here so you can read them for yourself!

Verse 1

Oh! Say can you see, by the dawn’s early light.
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous light,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh! Say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Verse 4

Oh! Thus be it ever when free men shall stand.
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation
Blest with victory and peace, may the Heaven rescued land.
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, “In God is Our Trust.”
And the Star spangled Banner in triumph shall wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Nampa, Idaho - The God and Country Festival, an annual free concert and civic event held at the Idaho Center the Wednesday before the Fourth of July, will feature popular rock band Needtobreathe and singer/songwriter Meredith Andrews on June 30, 2010. The gates open at 5:00 pm for the 44th annual Festival, which will include a tribute to World War II Veterans and other military service members, speeches from local officials, and other musical artists.

The non-profit event, which is free to the public through the generosity of donors and sponsors, includes the largest fireworks show in the Treasure Valley, according to Carol Andrews, President of the all-volunteer Board.

"A lot of people ask us how we can put on such a major event that draws crowds of up to 14,000 people for free. While we will always keep it free to the public, we do depend heavily on businesses and churches advertising in our 11x17 supplement that goes out to over 22,000 subscribers to the Idaho Press-Tribune."

She says that the tabloid, which is scheduled to be delivered to newspaper readers on Sunday, June 27, is a great place to learn about the event's history and the volunteers behind the God and Country Festival. Visitors can learn more about attending or sponsoring the event at www.godandcountryfestival.com.

"This event started 44 years ago in part as a venue for the public expression of faith as protected by our Constitution. The Founders of our country were for the freedom of religion, not the freedom from it, and we're here to carry on that message."

Meredith Andrews, an accomplished artist on the national music scene, will help continue that tradition, performing her popular brand of Christian music at the event. Andrews has numerous hit songs, including "Can Anybody Hear Me" and "Never Move On."

The Festival is also helping to introduce the community to the heartfelt messages of local artists such as the Music Ministers Band, A Life Set Apart (www.myspace.com/alifesetapart), and Julie Turner (www.julieturnermusic.com).

About Needtobreathe

Needtobreathe (www.needtobreathe.net/bio/) is an accomplished rock band that famously hails from Possum Kingdom, South Carolina. Their distinctly southern flavored style of music has been featured in popular movies and television shows, including The Hills, P.S. I Love You, ESPN, Fox Sports, and To Save a Life. The song "Stones Under Rushing Water" was recorded with Sara Watkins of the Grammy award winning group Nickel Creek, and other hit songs include "Something Beautiful," "Washed by the Water," and "Lay 'Em Down."

About Meredith Andrews

Meredith Andrews is a nationally acclaimed Christian artist with a heart for worship, family, and adoption. Andrews attended Liberty University where she majored in family and child development, and planned on working in an orphanage after graduation. She was born an only child, but her parents provided homes for many foster children. “We had about 20 kids come through our home in a period of about 10 years,” she recalls. “We ended up adopting three of the boys. They are my brothers now. I forget they are adopted.”

Just as God led Andrews to Liberty University then on to Harvest Bible Chapel, he opened doors in Nashville that led her to sign with Word Records. “I wasn’t really looking for a record deal. It just fell in my lap,” says Andrews. “I’m so humbled by it all. It’s obvious that it’s the Lord’s hand and not my own.”

About the God and Country Festival

The God and Country Festival is a free annual concert, fireworks show, and civic event celebrating religious freedom of expression and assembly in America, and honoring the men and women in the military who serve to protect that freedom.

God and Country Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 993
Nampa, ID 83653

Media Contacts:
David Ferdinand, Board Member: 208-467-1888
Patti Syme, Board Member: 208-573-9300


We are thrilled to be able to announce our featured artist for 2010, Needtobreathe. These guys are incredibly unique and talented. Here's a link to the Needtobreathe Wikipedia page and their official website.

We're also thrilled to welcome the following Christian music artists to the 2009 Festival:

Don't forget to mark your calendar for June 30th, 2010!

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