Donegal Township music festival to offer a third day
More than 30 Christian artists who perform a wide range of music, from traditional Gospel to Hip Hop, will take the stages at the sixth annual ALLOUTPRAISE! Music Festival.
The event, which will run from July 17-19, is hosted by the Christian Family & Children's Center at Harr Soccer Field on Champion Christian School's North Campus, which is located at 1076 King's Way in Donegal Township.
The event previously took place over the course of two days, but a third day was added on July 17 based on the festival continuing to grow in size and popularity each year, said Barb Skinner, the event's co-coordinator.
“It's a great way to gather the Christian community together to support one another and it's a benefit for the Center and for what we are trying to do in this area,” Skinner said.
Issie Sharlock, 11, of Bear Rocks has attended the event each year since it began, she said.
“I like seeing my friends that I don't usually see and getting to hear the music and seeing the fireworks. It's just really fun,” Sharlock said.
An evening of Southern Gospel and Bluegrass is planned from 3-9 p.m. on Thursday — the opening day.
The local band The Richters will be one of the bands who take the stage on that date.
Micki Richter, her husband Don Richter, both of Connellsville, and his sister Janet Dellinger of Mill Run have been performing a mix of Southern Gospel and traditional Gospel music together as a vocal trio since about 2000, Micki Richter said.
“We are excited to be invited for the first time to the festival. They are breaking into new territory and we are happy to be a part of that,” she said.
Thursday's headliner, The Masters, will go on at 8 p.m.
Mash-up Friday will feature different styles of performances throughout the evening, including rock, contemporary, hip-hop, and drama.
The headliner for that evening is Humble Tip.
“He is a nationally known Christian hip-hop rapper, and he has most recently opened for Lecrae on tour,” Skinner said.
Zach Ellsworth will be closing out the evening with a time of worship.
On Saturday, the gates will open at 11 a.m. and bands are scheduled all day concluding with the national headlining act Luminate.
“They have at least two to three hits playing on Christian radio including ‘Banner of Love,' ‘Come Home,' and ‘Heal This Home,'” Skinner said.
Fireworks by Glitter Mountain Fireworks will end the evening.
In addition to Saturday's music lineup, there will be food and informational booths as well as activities for the children including pony rides by Knickers and Neighs on Saturday.
Chainsaw artist Joe King of Champion will also return that day to entertain concert-goers with his artistry.
“There is lots of fun for the whole family,” Skinner said.
On Thursday and Friday, a free dinner will be offered for anyone 18 years of age and under.
Anyone older than 18 can purchase dinner for $3.50.
Free primitive camping is also available on the grounds.
There will also be free breakfast Saturday morning for anyone who is camping. Spots must be reserved in advance by calling 724-455-2122. Camping rules and other festival rules are posted on the event website.
The outdoor event takes place rain or shine. Skinner said the event has been blessed with good weather the past several years.
“It has rained all around us but not here so they should always check our Facebook page for updates or just come by faith and if it does rain just bring a poncho,” Skinner said.
The event is festival seating and concert goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.
Editor's note — Adult tickets for one day are $20 each or three days for $30 each before Wednesday.
After Wednesday, one day tickets are $25 and three days tickets are $35. Children's tickets ages 4-12 $10 each.
All tickets are general admission for lawn seating on Harr Soccer Field. Tickets are non-refundable.
Tickets can purchased at both the school's campuses, by calling 724-455-2122, online at alloutpraise.com or from one of the bands scheduled to perform.
Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.