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!