Nashville, TN (March 26, 2009) - America's largest Christian music and teaching festivals, the Creation Festivals, are pleased to announce the line up for Creation Northeast and Northwest. Consistently voted as the "favorite festival," by Christian music fans, Creation Festival has proved to be the hallmark summer event. In two incredible settings, the Creation Festivals host the best Christian artists, the most compelling speakers, and stellar entertainment for one low price - the past three decades have proven that Creation continues to provide amazing events for youth, adults and everyone in between.
The 31st annual, Creation Northeast will be held June 24th – 27th at the Agape Farm in the beautiful mountain ranges of Mount Union, PA., and Creation Northwest will be marking its 12th year at the amazing Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA July 22nd – 25th. Tickets are available now through www.creationfest.com.
The festivals boast a powerhouse artist lineup that includes Relient K, Casting Crowns, Third Day, Chris Tomlin, Skillet, Family Force 5, Hawk Nelson, David Crowder Band, Thousand Foot Krutch, Red and many more, not to mention world renowned speakers including Joyce Meyer, Greg Laurie, Reggie Dabbs, Will Graham, Bob Lenz and Ron Luce. The "Fringe Stage" will feature the best the in alternative Christian artists, including Spoken, Disciple, The Classic Crime, Stellar Kart, John Reuben, We as Human, Reilly and more.
After the lights go down on the main stage, the entertainment continues at the Late Night Café. Each festival has a Creation Exclusive for fans attending on both coasts – Creation Northeast features AA Talks, with Audio Adrenaline, while Creation Northwest teams up with Hawk Nelson for an exclusive live DVD shoot and house party for Hawk Nelson's highly anticipated new album. Also appearing at both festivals is critically acclaimed comedian Kerri Pomarolli, as well as Creation's National Talent Search winners.
Creation Festival Co-Founder and Director, Pastor Harry Thomas states, "Creation is more than just fun and entertainment – it is a spiritually rewarding and enriching experience. Nothing can compare to tens of thousands of people praising God together, being a part of the candle-lighting service, or even or watching young people being baptized. We have ensured that the Festival features more than music and speaking and provides an overall experience that challenges Christians to be vessels and on fire for Christ – what happens at Creation changes one's walk with their Savior."
Providing for an intimate time of worship is an important goal at Creation. In doing so, Creation will partner with Integrity Music to provide a deeply enriching time of praise and worship each afternoon. In addition, the worship tent will offer a training conference for worship leaders, musicians and writers each afternoon. With distinct seminar classes ranging from songwriting to hands-on training for bands, worship leaders and musicians will have a rare opportunity to come together for teaching and fellowship.
The Creation Festival also strives to provide resources that will make the event an even better learning tool. Every afternoon there are special seminars on a variety of topics from keynote speakers. Creation has once again teamed up with Interlinc to provide youth leaders with excellent seminars and other resources, including a daily afternoon seminar lead by various festival speakers, talkback sessions where Group Leaders can meet and have candid discussions with some of the most popular artists appearing at the Festival, and a "VIP Youth Leader Tent," where leaders can get out of the sun, enjoy free snacks, look through an assortment of free literature and resources, and share ideas with other Youth Leaders.
An event for the entire family, both Creation Northeast and Northwest also feature a "Kid's Tent," which will have a program geared especially for children, including PureNRG, the Donut Man, the Bigsby Show, Phredd, the Stephen Courtney Band and Ryan and Friends will be joined by the Forgotten Friend Reptile Rescue. Each afternoon, kids gather under the trees in the “Kids Grove” for a special craft time, puppets and access to the petting zoo.
Creation provides additional entertainment and special features for all in attendance, including extreme games with climbing walls, spider jumps and sumo wrestling, a Skateboard and BMX ministry, a Gear Giveaway and a vendor Exhibit area with almost 200 booths with an assortment of merchandise and apparel available for purchase and ministries and colleges offering free literature and information.
While Creation continues to add to its overall entertainment and artist line-up, the festival has not raised prices in over a year and continues to be one of the most affordable summer events. Advance tickets range from $46.00 – $99.00 per person for the entire four day festival, providing the attendees with jam-packed entertainment, lodging and more for about $20.00 per day. On top of deeper discounts offered thru Creation's group rates, Creation offers free tickets to kids under 5 and has also established the "Carpooling to Creation" contest and the "Ticket Payment Plan" to help families and groups spread their dollars even further.
Nick Kulb, Director of Marketing & Sales sates "We stand by our loyal fans and hope to provide them with a fun, safe and enjoyable summer vacation for one low price. We trust the measures we have taken to keep costs low, as well as the new ticketing options offered, will help make the trip a little easier for every attendee."
For more information about Creation Northeast and Northwest, to view the complete program, for information on purchasing tickets or volunteering as staff, log onto www.creationfest.com. Media and press outlets looking to cover the festival onsite as a part of the Creation Press Pool, log onto www.creationfestpress.com.
About Creation Festivals:
Celebrating over 30 years, the Creation Festival was founded in 1979 in Pennsylvania and has since grown to become the largest event of its kind, adding a second event in 1998 on the west coast, held at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA. In 2005, Creation branched out once again, this time internationally. Friendship Fest, held just outside the beautiful gardens and sold walls of Marrakech, the cultural capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, has been a huge success with more than 80,000 fans gathering for this truly historical event in a Muslim country. Tens of thousands of people attend the Creation Festivals from all across the United States and Canada, as well as many international countries, including Iceland, Switzerland, and France. The Festival has also been featured by many mainstream media outlets including CBS News’ “Sunday Morning”, VH1, CNN, FOX News, Details Magazine, The New York Times, and GQ Magazine to name a few. In April 2004, the Creation Festival was awarded the Gospel Music Association’s “Lifetime Achievement Award”, an honor that recognizes major contributions to the gospel music industry through a company’s commitment to the Christian community for 20 or more years. The festival has been recognized twice in CCM Magazine’s annual “Readers Choice Awards” as “Favorite Festival”. In 2008, the 30+ city Creation Festival: The Tour was launched to allow fans across the country to experience a taste of the annual 4-day events held in June and July in one night of music, teaching and fun.
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