WILMORE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Christian music competition that when drew crowds into the 1000’s has returned to Kentucky. The final “Ichthus” Music Competition was in 2012 and after a 9 yr break, it re-launched Saturday on the identical farm.
“Commercialism got here in and killed it,” says Joe Lycan, proprietor of Servant Coronary heart Farm. “And the Lord is resurrecting new life into the dry bones of the unique imaginative and prescient that takes it again to that cross over there.”
Ichthus organizers say the competition stopped in 2012 as a result of the main target turned extra about the right way to pay the payments and preserve it working, than praising God with music and the neighborhood. Ichthus organizers say they not solely hope to make the competition annual once more, however to probably even host it a number of occasions a yr.
“This was created, to not be an enormous music occasion, this was created by the guts of some professors to share the love of Christ with everyone else,” says Kevin Burgess, an Ichthus attendee and volunteer because the early 2000’s. “The world has a Woodstock, we’d like an Ichthus.”
Wilmore welcomed again the historic competition with native and nationally recognized artists on two levels.
“We love going to Christian live shows, our pals and I, and we’re actually, we love the out of doors festivals, particularly in gentle of the issues occurring in our nation, it’s a good time to be outdoor having fun with each other,” says Diana Cromley, a first-time attendee of Ichthus.
Organizers say with the occasion being in a big subject and other people having the liberty to decide on whether or not or to not masks up, they aren’t anxious concerning the competition being a super-spreader for COVID-19.
“Everybody wants interplay, whether or not it’s your children, whether or not it’s your adults,” says John Gill, an Ichthus attender since 2010. “Everybody wants the interplay and coming collectively to listen to, to get along with religion and worshiping God is simply great.”
Common Ichthus attendants say prior to now, crowds have reached effectively over 20,000 with individuals standing shoulder to shoulder from the highest of the hill to the stage. This yr, organizers says round 400 tickets have been bought however not all of these individuals confirmed up. Attendees say whereas attendance is smaller this yr, the guts of Ichthus is as sturdy because it’s ever been.
“The great factor of Ichthus is the guts or what I name the guts of Ichthus,” says Burgess. “The guts of Ichthus is that of loving one another, neighborhood, household constructing, and serving to one another.”