Nehemiah Fest coming to Smithville Lake
The festival is promoted as the Midwest’s largest independent Christian music event. Last year about 3,000 people attended throughout the weekend.
The festival will feature music by nearly 50 Christian bands on four stages including national acts John Elefante, Bread of Stone and Brandon Estelle. Local bands include Lester Estelle, 9th Hour, Jeannie Furst & Furst Light, The Center State, Bearing Armor, Alex Sons & 2819 Crew, Project 15:16, Undergrad and Whosoever Will.
The family-friendly event will also feature a petting zoo, inflatables, children’s activities, food and vendors. New this year is the Nehemiah Fling, a disc golf tournament on Saturday. Camping is available on site for RVs, modern sites and tent camping.
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The festival is the brainchild of David Lin, a worship leader of Smithville’s Grace Community Church and lead singer for 9th Hour, a Christian rock band. The festival is named after Nehemiah of the Old Testament.
“Nehemiah was just a regular guy. He saw that the city (Jerusalem) lay in ruin, the gates were burning and the walls destroyed. The residents were exposed to the dangers that lurked outside the city limits. They had been in danger for so long; they had become numb to their surroundings,” Lin said. “Nehemiah rallied the community to rebuild the city. That is our goal with this event – to rebuild our communities, restore our families and join together to bring our collective time, talents and treasure to bear on the task at hand.”
The first band plays at 4 p.m. on Sept. 18. The festival concludes following a worship service hosted by Grace Community Church at 10:30 am on Sept. 20.
To reserve a campsite, to volunteer, or for more information, go to nehemiahfest.com.
Contact Lin at 816-645-1982 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.