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Christian Music Festival Returns to Dayton for Third Year

The Third Annual Psalms Festival is set for Saturday, September 19 at Gil Lynn Park in Dayton, where kids will have a variety of fun things to do and the adults can enjoy the music from six local Christian bands. The fun starts at noon and lasts until 6 p.m.

Organizer Rick Frank, founder of Psalms 147 Ministries, believed it was important to begin a festival of this kind to town three years ago.

“I had a vision; it was just something heavy on my heart that I had to do something for the community and bring something positive in with the heroin epidemic and a lot of other things,” Frank said. “I wanted to do this Christian music festival and I accidentally stumbled on a meeting of some pastors who were meeting in Dayton which I had no idea of and they were trying to do something as a whole and I stumbled in and told them that I had this music festival that I wanted to do and it wound up being a Christian music festival/children’s festival.”

At this year’s festival, there are 13 churches involved. Each church will set up a booth and present a game to the kids, including face painting, four bouncy houses, arts and crafts and a petting zoo this year. Admission to the festival is free, though donations are welcomed.

“The whole concept was to bring the church to the families. You take a look around this country—I’m a veteran, I serve my country—and it got to be real disturbing to see how far away the country was getting from God. I felt like we had to do something and I felt like God was pushing me to do this. I have no reason why, I just had this overwhelming feeling that this is what I had to do,” Frank said.

On the music bill are six band who have each recorded in recent years. The final act will be Highland Hills Worship. Previous scheduled bands include Height Nor Depth, Hayes Family Gospel, Steve McDaniels Band, Sarah Horton, Revival Ridge, Trish Torline, In the Light, and Chalise.

Organizers ask those in attendance to bring one nonperishable food item for donation. Many other organizations have also donated, including TGIFridays which has provided a large food donation for the event.

“Right now, I’m being searched out by people wanting to contribute and wanted to do some good things for the festival with different types of donations,” Frank said. “Friday’s last year donated 500 hamburgers, 500 hot dogs and all the buns and they’re doing the same thing this year and I believe that they will probably stick with us and be a sponsor annually.”

Frank said that the youth football organizations in the area agreed to postpone their games on that day so that there was not a scheduling conflict for the children to have a good time at the festival. Last year, over 400 children were in attendance and there is even more expected in this year’s turnout.

“It just goes to show that there are so many good people in the country and in this area who are big Christians and when they hear something like this, they just want to be part of it.”

Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor

Photo: Psalms Fest (via Facebook)