“Ichthus” music competition re-launches after 9 years

WILMORE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Christian music competition that after drew crowds into the hundreds 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 grew to become extra about methods to pay the payments and maintain it operating, than praising God with music and the group.  Ichthus organizers say they not solely hope to make the competition annual once more, however to probably even host it a number of instances a yr.

“This was created, to not be a giant music occasion, this was created by the center of some professors to share the love of Christ with all people else,” says Kevin Burgess, an Ichthus attendee and volunteer for the reason that early 2000’s. “The world has a Woodstock, we want an Ichthus.”

Wilmore welcomed again the historic competition with native and nationally identified artists on two phases.

“We love going to Christian live shows, our buddies and I, and we’re actually, we love the out of doors festivals, particularly in gentle of the issues taking place 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 frightened concerning the competition being a super-spreader for COVID-19.

“Everybody wants interplay, whether or not or not it’s your youngsters, whether or not 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 fantastic.”

Common Ichthus attendants say previously, crowds have reached nicely 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 offered however not all of these individuals confirmed up. Attendees say whereas attendance is smaller this yr, the center of Ichthus is as robust because it’s ever been.

“The fantastic factor of Ichthus is the center or what I name the center of Ichthus,” says Burgess. “The center of Ichthus is that of loving one another, group, household constructing, and serving to one another.”

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