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!
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 [...]
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: Meredith Andrews Treasure Valley Music Ministers Band Ryan Stevenson A Life Set Apart Julie Turner Don't forget to mark your calendar for June 30th, 2010!
Make your plans now for the 2010 God and Country Festival on Wednesday, June 30 at the Idaho Center. We are excited to have a national Mystery Artist who can't be announced contractually until May. Let's just say that they are experiencing nationwide success with hit songs that have made it onto the soundtracks of blockbuster movies. We have a special theme this year: honoring our nation's WW II Veterans! Plus, in addition to the Mystery Artist, we can announce that national artist Meredeth Andrews will be performing at the event, as well as Treasure Valley's own Music Minister's Band. All of these bands and more will also be performing at this year's free concert. The fireworks show is the largest in the Treasure Valley, and is choreographed with patriotic and inspirational music celebrating, among other things, our freedom to assemble, and our God who endowed us with those freedoms. Schedule of events 5:00 - Gates open 6:00 - Entertainment starts, including Music Ministers' Band and Meredeth Andrews. 8:00 - Grand celebration, including a salute to our military and their families, presentation of the colors, national anthem, awards & more, plus our National Mystery Artist. 10:20 - Fireworks show Treasure Valley Music Ministers In addition to our national Mystery Artist and Meredeth Andrews, part of this year's opening entertainment will be the Treasure Valley Music Ministers' Band including Jesse Schuster, Scott Riggan, Gordon Knapp, Mark Thornton, Andy Hendley, and Doug Connelly. We could use your help! We are looking for business, church, and individual sponsors to keep this event going. The God and Country Festival is entirely volunteer-led, and is supported by donors and sponsors. Your support helps us bring great Christian music to the [...]