August 13, 2007

Third annual Higher Ground this weekend

Mark Schultz, Third Day to headline festival

By Lindsay Scherer
Staff Intern

The third annual Higher Ground music festival is set to take place this weekend and has a variety of entertainment, as well as talented performers, that will keep the crowd on its feet throughout the event.

This year’s event brings big names in the Christian music business such as Third Day, Mark Schultz, Superchic[k], and Chris Rice who are sure to draw a crowd as the event continues to draw increasing numbers every year.

The festivities last from Friday, Aug. 17 through Sunday, Aug. 19. For those who want to get a head start on the action, the camping ground’s gates open at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Friday and Saturday are loaded with popular Christian acts beginning at 11:15 a.m. and going until 11:30 p.m.

Sunday’s activities include a praise and worship service beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Aside from the music, those who choose to attend will have a variety of other events to keep them busy throughout the weekend.

The Sports Pavilion will feature volleyball, a bean bag toss, and horseshoes, among other activities.

There will also be an “Inflatable Village” constructed that will consist of an obstacle course, mock boxing, slides, and bouncing rooms guaranteeing fun for all ages at the festival.

“Higher Ground is unique. It’s a place where my kids and my parents have a good time,” said Higher Ground Chairman Terry Fasching. “From a personal and community perspective, this is probably one of the most powerful and positive events I have ever been a part of.”

Friday’s line-up

The camping gates open at 8 a.m. on Friday morning and the main gates will open at 10 a.m.

Jessica Jahraus will kick off the performances at 11:15 a.m. on the second stage. She will be followed by Heidi Holt on the main stage at noon, Silent Substitute on the second stage at 12:45 p.m., DecembeRadio on the main stage at 1:30 p.m., Just.Live on the second stage at 2:30 p.m., and Building429 on the main stage at 3:15 p.m.

Keeping the music flowing into the evening, the Jeremy Sanoski Band will take the second stage at 4:15 p.m and will be followed by Go Fish on the main stage at 5 p.m.

MN Teen Challenge, a program to help those who have drug and alcohol addictions and also one of Higher Ground’s major sponsors, will speak on the second stage at 6:30 p.m.

Superchic[k] will follow MN Teen Challenge and will take the main stage at 7:30 p.m. Based out of Chicago, this band rose out of the vision of a one-girl revolution and has since released albums that inspire, empower, and entertain with a call to rise above society’s unhealthy trappings.

Keeping the entertainment rolling, Mainstay will perform on the second stage at 8:45 p.m.

Taking the main stage at 10 p.m. is Friday’s headliner, Third Day.

Third Day has played to millions of fans in numerous sold-out arenas around the world. With 24 No. 1 singles throughout multiple genres, this band is sure to excite the crowd and end the day on a high note.

Third Day’s hit songs include “Tunnel,” “Cry Out to Jesus,” “Mountain of God,” and “Show Me Your Glory.”

Saturday’s line-up

Getting Saturday off to a good start at 11:15 a.m. on the second stage, is Tom Feldmann and the Get Rites.

On the main stage at noon is Aterna, followed by Myrrh on the second stage at 12:45 p.m., BreatheDeep on the main stage at 1:30 p.m., Soul Refuge on the second stage at 2:15 p.m., and Remedy Drive on the main stage at 3:00 p.m.

Then MN Teen Challenge will speak again on drug and alcohol abuse at 4 p.m.

Denver & the MHO will bring back the music on the main stage at 5 p.m., followed by Downhere on the second stage at 6:30 p.m.

Chris Rice will take the main stage at 7:30 p.m. Known for the humor he incorporates into his music, Chris Rice is sure to make the crowd crack a smile with his quirky lyrics.

Speaker Rob Roozeboom will follow Chris Rice on the main stage at 8:45 p.m. Diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy in his teens, Roozeboom’s magnetic personality makes it easier for others to learn how to cope with daily obstacles and trials.

Last, but certainly not least, is Mark Schultz, a well known name in the genre of popular Christian music.

Set to take the main stage at 10 p.m., Mark Schultz has earned numerous accolades and has become one of the industry’s core artists. His powerful lyrics and soulful song writing have given him seven chart topping hits.

His hit songs include “Broken & Beautiful,” “I AM,” “You Are a Child of Mine,” and “Back in His Arms Again.”

Sunday wrap-up

Sunday morning will bring the event to a close with a worship service beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Want to go to Higher Ground this weekend?

Higher Ground will take place Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17-19 at the festival grounds just south of Winsted on McLeod County Road 5.

Tickets are available at the gate or can be purchased by phone at (866) 821-5151. Tickets are also available online at www.hgmusicfest.com.

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