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.

http://www.godandcountryfestival.com

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.

http://www.agedoutteens.com

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

Carol Andrews
Vice President
208-941-4236

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
www.godandcountryfestival.com

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

Nampa, Idaho - The 40Th Anniversary of the God & Country Family Festival drew a huge crowd somewhere around 10,000 to hear four great musical groups and see a surprised Don Brandt accept the "Faith Family and Freedom" award. Brandt is a Nampa native who is active, usually behind the scenes, in many Treasure Valley organizations; Don has been active in the Salvation Army Food Drive each year, the NNU Foundation board, Boise Rescue Mission, and was the finance and fundraising chairman for the recent Louis Palau Treasure Valley Festival.

The award was named after the first recipient valley businessman, Loren Ellis and given to an individual who espouses the attributes as they work in the community to bring faith and patriotism to other’s lives. Loren was one of the inspirational business of our community who helped keep the God & Country Festival alive and worked tirelessly for the event until his untimely passing in 1999.

Many sponsors and event goers helped support this volunteer effort to keep God and Country alive in the Treasure Valley through donations before and at the event.

On behalf of the God and Country Association and our president Don Wixom and the City of Nampa thank you for your support and attendance and we’ll see you the Wednesday before the 4th of July – July 2, 2008.

Photos attached: Hi res photo 1 | Hi res photo 2

David Ferdinand
(208) 467-1888

Nampa, Idaho - The Treasure Valley God & Country Family Festival Committee announced the Dove award winning gospel music artists SONICFLOOD will be the special guests at the annual Treasure Valley God & Country event to honor all Military and Veterans with special emphasis on those personnel and their families currently serving in the military.

The 38th annual event will provide many activities including featuring many of the individual ministries and services, which help the families of the Treasure Valley. Mayor Tom Dale will present the Annual Public Servant Award to a public employee for exemplary service to the community.

SONICFLOOD, a Christian worship band will be featured as the 2005 musical guest with a special free concert. They have just release their latest CD, This Generation, a follow-up to 2003’s Cry Holy; This Generation sees SONICFLOOD entering a new season that includes welcoming new players, a season that front-man Rick Heil hopes will lead people to a definitive understanding that God’s heart is truly good. It sounds obvious. After all, we learn about God’s goodness from our earliest days in Sunday school.

Mike Locknane Chairman of this year’s event said, “This event continues to grow and has become a genuine showcase for various ministries in the valley to present themselves to the God & Country audience as we continue to honor those serving our community through military service and positions in public service.” Sponsors have provided funding so we can continue to offer this event FREE of any admission charge.

The rally will again be held at the Idaho Center Amphitheater on Can-Ada Road in Nampa for the Wednesday, June 29, 2005 event (always the Wednesday before the 4th of July). Family activities begin at 6:00 PM, special presentations, speakers and public acknowledgments at 8:00 PM, and the full musical presentation beginning after the special presentations with the Treasure Valley’s best fireworks completing the evening at approximately 10:15 PM.

High Quality Photo link:
www.sonicflood.com/promo

Contact: Mike Locknane, Chairman - (208) 467-1894
Media Committee: David Ferdinand – (208) 467-1888

Nampa, Idaho - Idaho Supreme Court Justice Daniel Eismann will be guest speaker at the annual Treasure Valley God & Country Rally to honor all Military and Veterans at the 2003 event according to an announcement by the God & Country committee.

Brian Kohagen, Chairman of this year’s event said, “After the successful return of our troops from Iraq and all Military on guard throughout the world we are very excited to dedicate the 2003 event to our Veterans. We have been working out the details and have many new and exciting features planned for this years event.”

The rally will again be held at the Idaho Center Amphitheater on Can-Ada Road in Nampa for the Wednesday, July 2, 2003 event. Family activities begin at 6:00 PM, special presentations and speakers at 8:00 PM with the Treasure Valley’s best fireworks completing the evening at approximately 10:15 PM.

Justice Daniel Eismann is a decorated Vietnam combat Veteran, from Homedale and serves Idaho as a Supreme Court Justice. Eismann received two purple hearts after receiving wounds in Vietnam.

THE GOD & COUNTRY RALLY has a rich 30 year history which began when sixties western film star, Chuck Connors of the popular “Rifleman” television series helped launch such rallies across the nation. Godly men and women took up the challenge and continued the tradition in Nampa.

THE POPULARITY OF THE RALLY brought nearly 10,000 to the park-like setting of the Idaho Center Amphitheater, which really improved the seating areas, visibility, production and sound quality for the free community event. The traditional date of the Wednesday, proceeding the 4th of July, has been set for the Wednesday, July 2nd.

The event begins at 6pm with special music and entertainment, 8pm Rally, special awards, guest speaker and concluding with the patriotic fireworks display at 10:15pm.

This is an old fashioned, patriotic and religious rally with military, law enforcement and fire department vehicles on display, historic American Flags exhibit, local musical groups from churches with the Gospel message at the center of the celebration. The emphasis is placed on the words and ideals of our nation’s Founders, and special recognition is given for those who serve in the military, both active-duty and veterans. Local public servants, especially law enforcement and emergency service personnel, are also honored.

Fireworks for 2003

The pyrotechnics expert behind the scenes at this years God and Country Rally is Lloyd Stubbs of Fireworks America. Stubbs said, “The move to the Idaho Center has really raised the level of quality and size of the entire fireworks display. Special music is being produced with the events of September 11th in mind and will be programmed to fireworks display.”

The Treasure Valley God & Country Committee is an independent, non-profit community organization. The rally is supported entirely by donations from local individuals, businesses, corporate sponsors, and an offering is taken at the event. There is no admission charge to attend.

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Contacts:
Committee Members
David Ferdinand: (208) 467-1888
Brian Kohagen, Chairman: (208) 371-4721

Nampa, Idaho - The Treasure Valley God & Country Family Festival Committee announces Sparrow Record’s gospel music artists Phillips, Craig and Dean will be the special guests at the annual Treasure Valley God & Country event to honor all Military and Veterans. The 37th annual event will provide many activities including featuring many of the individual ministries and services, which help the families of the Treasure Valley.

Brian Kohagen, Chairman of this year’s event said, “After the successful return of many of our troops from Iraq and all our Military on guard throughout the world we are again very excited to dedicate the 2004 event to our Veterans and public servants in Law Enforcement and Fire Departments. We have been working out the details and have many new and exciting features planned for this year’s event.”

The rally will again be held at the Idaho Center Amphitheater on Can-Ada Road in Nampa for the Wednesday, June 30, 2004 event. Family activities begin at 6:00 PM, special presentations, speakers and public acknowledgments at 8:00 PM, and the full musical presentation beginning after the special presentations with the Treasure Valley’s best fireworks completing the evening at approximately 10:15 PM.

THE GOD & COUNTRY FESTIVAL has a rich 37 year history which began when sixties western film star, Chuck Connors of the popular “Rifleman” television series helped launch such rallies across the nation. Godly men and women took up the challenge and continued the tradition in Nampa.

THE POPULARITY OF THE FESTIVAL brought nearly 10,000 to the park-like setting of the Idaho Center Amphitheater, which really improved the seating areas, visibility, production and sound quality for the free community event. The Idaho Center Amphitheater will again provide a wonderful facility to host this worthwhile community event for more of the Treasure Valley families. The Idaho Center Amphitheater will again provide a wonderful facility to host this worthwhile community event for more of the Treasure Valley families.

This is an old fashioned, patriotic and religious gathering with military, law enforcement and fire department vehicles on display, local musical groups from churches with the Gospel message at the center of the celebration. The emphasis is placed on the words and ideals of our nation’s Founders, and special recognition is given for those who serve in the military, both active-duty and veterans. Local public servants, especially law enforcement and emergency service personnel, are also honored.

Fireworks for 2004

The pyrotechnics expert behind the scenes at this years God and Country Rally is Lloyd Stubbs of Fireworks America. Special music is being produced with the patriotic flavor, which is programmed to the fireworks display.

The committee is now developing sponsors and donations to underwrite the costs of the event.

The Treasure Valley God & Country Committee is an independent, non-profit community organization. The rally is supported entirely by donations from local individuals, businesses, corporate sponsors, and an offering is taken at the event. There is no admission charge to attend.

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Contacts:
Committee members
David Ferdinand: (208) 467-1888
Brian Kohagen, Chairman: (208) 371-4721

(Nampa, Idaho) Colonel Oliver North will be guest speaker at the annual Treasure Valley God & Country Rally according to an announcement by the God & Country committee.

Brian Kohagen, Chairman of this year’s event said, “We are very excited about having Colonel North as this years guest speaker. We have been working out the details and have many new and exciting features planned for this years event.”

The rally will again be held at the Idaho Center Amphitheater on Can-Ada Road in Nampa for the Wednesday, July 3, 2002 event. Family activities begin at 6:00 PM, special presentations and speakers at 8:00 PM with fireworks completing the evening at approximately 10:15 PM.

Oliver L. North is a combat decorated marine, a #1 best-selling author, the founder of a small business, an inventor with three U.S. patents, a syndicated columnist, former candidate for the United States Senate, the host of a nationally syndicated daily radio show and the host of “War Stories” on the Fox News channel, yet claims his most important accomplishment as being “the husband of one and the father of four.”

North was born in San Antonio, Texas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and served 22 years as a U.S.Marine. His awards for service in combat include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor and two Purple Hearts for wounds in combat.

Assigned to the National Security Council Staff in the Reagan administration,Colonel North was the United States government’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator from 1983-1986 and was involved in planning the rescue of 804 medical students on the Island of Grenada and played a major role in the daring capture of the hijackers of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. After helping plan the U.S. raid on Muammar Gaddafi’s terrorist bases in Libya, North was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal, the world’s deadliest assassin.

Oliver North broadcasts his nationally syndicated Common Sense Radio, monday-friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time, from the studios of radio America in Washington, D.C., his first two books, Under Fire and One More Mission were international best sellers. North is also the founder of Freedom Alliance, a foundation which provides scholarships for the sons and daughters of service members killed in action.

THE GOD & COUNTRY RALLY has a rich 30 year history which began when sixties western film star, Chuck Connors of the popular “Rifleman” television series helped launch such rallies across the nation. Godly men and women took up the challenge and continued the tradition in Nampa.

THE POPULARITY OF THE RALLY brought nearly 8,000 to the park-like setting of the Idaho Center Amphitheater, which really improved the seating areas, visibility, production and sound quality for the free community event. The traditional date of the Wednesday, proceeding the 4th of July, has been set for the Wednesday, July 3rd.

The event begins at 6pm with special music and entertainment, 8pm Rally, special awards, guest speaker and concluding with the patriotic fireworks display at 10:15pm.

This is an old fashioned, patriotic and religious rally with military, law enforcement and fire department vehicles on display, historic American Flags exhibit, local musical groups from churches with the Gospel message at the center of the celebration. The emphasis is placed on the words and ideals of our nation’s Founders, and special recognition is given for those who serve in the military, both active-duty and veterans. Local public servants, especially law enforcement and emergency service personnel, are also honored.

Fireworks for 2002

The pyrotechnics expert behind the scenes at this years God and Country Rally is Lloyd Stubbs of Fireworks America. Stubbs said, “The move to the Idaho Center has really raised the level of quality and size of the entire fireworks display. Special music is being produced with the events of September 11th in mind and will be programmed to fireworks display.”

The Treasure Valley God & Country Committee is an independent, non-profit community organization. The rally is supported entirely by donations from local individuals, businesses, corporate sponsors, and an offering is taken at the event. There is no admission charge to attend.

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Contacts:
Committee Members
David Ferdinand: (208) 467-1888
Don Wixom: (208) 880-5039

Ed McGlasson will be the featured guest speaker at the 2001 God and Country Festival. Ed McGlasson is pastor of the Stadium Vineyard in Anaheim, California.

Ed became a Christian in 1977 after God healed three torn ligaments in his knee. He was drafted into the National Football League in 1979 by the New York Jets. He played four seasons in the NFL (1979-83) with the Jets, Rams, Giants and Eagles. During the off-seasons, Ed was active in a variety of ministry activities. He was a speaker at Billy Graham crusades and at high schools around the country, witnessing the salvation of 30,000 to 40,000 young people. Another knee injury took Ed out of professional football, and 1984 he entered full-time ministry and continued preaching around the country.

He met his wife at the Santa Monica, Calif., Vineyard and, soon after, met John Wimber. "I want you to come and learn to be a servant," John told him, and Ed went to work with John McClure at the Newport Beach, Calif., Vineyard. He went on to plant the Stadium Vineyard in Anaheim in 1988. " ‘Empower’ is a real strong word for me," Ed says, explaining his desire to stir the church and see people come to Christ through power evangelism. "I really believe in the balance of the word and worship and works of God. I love to see the word of God demonstrated. If Jesus said it, then we should do it."

The God and Country Festival has invited Dave Roever to be the featured guest speaker at the 2000 Festival.

In 1981, Dave founded Roever & Associates with the vision of delivering a message of hope and healing to adults and teenagers across America. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Dave Roever and his team shaped a strategy to make this vision a reality.

Since its inception, Roever Evangelistic Association has successfully reached audiences through such venues as interdenominational evangelistic rallies, school assemblies and media presentations. Additionally, printed publications as well as video and audio materials play a vital role in fulfilling the mission statement of Roever & Associates.

The impact of this ministry has not been limited to America alone, but now touches lives globally. In 1993, Dave Roever knew the timing was right for a Journey Back to the nation where he had been wounded many years ago. This time he would not go as a U.S. serviceman, but as an ambassador for Christ. This was the beginning for a ministry that now shares a significant amount of REA's focus in addition to their U.S. engagements.

Dave Roever
Roever Evangelistic Assoc.
PO Box 136130
Fort Worth, TX 76136
www.daveroever.org

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