Nationally known Christian music groups coming to Wickliffe Sun. Aug. 3 for The FEST

Free family friendly event from noon-10 p.m.

WICKLIFFE, Ohio - Some of the biggest names in Christian music will embark upon Wickliffe on Sunday for the 14th annual The FEST, scheduled to take place at the Center for Pastoral Leadership.

The FEST will feature top national Christian recording artists such as Third Day, Mandisa, Colton Dixon and For King and Country and is expected to attract more than 38,000 for the one day free event from noon to 10 p.m.

Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Danita Harris

Chris Flanagan

Macie Jepson

Josh Boose


3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Lee Jordan

"We love playing events like The FEST because we are music fans first and foremost,” said Third Day guitarist Mark Lee in a news release. “It is a huge honor to share the stage with other artists we love, such as Colton and Mandisa. Music is such a powerful part of faith. It provides a direct connection to the heart, so you're able to communicate and reach people in a way that you can't through any other means."

The free, all-day event was originally formed in 2000 and has grown each year, according to event organizer Father Bob Stec. The Diocese of Cleveland, along with a team of 1,400 volunteers put on the annual event, which attracted more than 37,000 people in 2013.

“We are excited to welcome such talented musicians to our stage this year to celebrate faith and family,” said Father Bob Stec, in a press release. “This year’s theme is ‘CHOSEN,’ to represent God choosing us to make our world a better place.”

One of the themes of this year’s event is about overcoming adversity. The FEST will include Project CHOSEN – an opportunity to choose and support an orphan child in the Congo and Project OVERCOMER, a program created to celebrate those who have overcome adversity, sickness, and struggle.

The FEST will also include more than 150 games, activities, and displays for the whole family and will conclude with a Catholic Mass at 8 p.m. followed by a fireworks display.

NewsChannel5 is a proud partner of the event and will have a booth on site as well.

For more information about The FEST, visit or call 440-943-7662.

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