By Sara Butterfass
WINSTED, MN The fifth annual Higher Ground Music Festival is set for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug. 13-16 at the Winstock Music Festival Grounds on 230th St., south of Winsted.
The Higher Ground Music Festival not only offers entertainment on stage, but also in the Sports Pavilion, where festival-goers can play volleyball, bean bags, horseshoes, and more.
Other activities set for the festival include campsite T-shirt decorating contests, and an Inflatable Village, courtesy of K & K Fun Time, which consists of an obstacle course, slides, and bouncing rooms.
Again, Higher Ground will feature some of the biggest names in Christian music including Jeremy Camp, Third Day, Mark Schultz, Kutless, and Justin McRoberts. More than 20 bands and artists will perform on the main and second stages.
The camping gates will open Thursday, Aug. 13 at 3 p.m. for those who want to arrive early and make the most out of the weekend.
Twelve acts will perform Friday, and another 12 Saturday. The music will begin at 11:15 a.m. and continue until 11:30 p.m. both days.
The Higher Ground web site proclaims that “God is at Higher Ground. In the music, in campfire conversations, in the praise of thousands of voices, and in the new friends you meet there.”
This fifth Higher Ground Music Festival is sure to meet this standard.
Thursday - free concert
Thursday only, there will be a free concert in the campgrounds at 8 p.m. with Simple Seed, open to the public.
The festival will kick off Friday morning with Lightswitch at 11:15 a.m. on the main stage.
The afternoon gets underway with Hyland at 12:15 p.m. on the second stage, followed by Esterlyn at 1 p.m. on the main stage, Rebekah Antoine at 2 p.m. on the second stage, Disciple at 2:45 p.m. on the main stage, Jeremy Sanoski at 3:45 p.m. on the second stage, and Stellar Kart at 4:45 p.m. on the main stage.
The music will continue into the evening with Justin McRoberts performing on the main stage at 5:45 p.m., followed by Ryan Daniel on the second stage at 6:45 p.m., Kutless on the main stage at 7:45 p.m., and Stefan Van Voorst on the second stage at 9 p.m.
Finishing the night is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Songwriter of the Year in 2006, and five-time Dove Award winning artist, Jeremy Camp.
Camp has had 16 number-one songs, some of which are “Right Here,” “Walk by Faith,” “Take You Back,” and “There will be a Day.”
He will perform on the main stage at 10 p.m.
Opening Saturday’s music is The Project on the main stage at 11:15 a.m.
Starting the afternoon on the second stage is Rachel Kurtz, followed by Breathedeep on the main stage at 1 p.m., Simple Seed on the second stage at 2 p.m., Elizabeth Hunnicutt on the main stage at 2:45 p.m., Kara Doten and Vespers on the second stage at 3:45 p.m., and Phil Wickham on the main stage at 4:45 p.m.
The evening will begin with Justin McRoberts at 5:45 p.m. on the main stage, followed by Agape at 6:45 p.m. on the second stage, and Mark Schultz at 7:45 p.m. on the main stage.
Revive got its start after opening for Third Day and moving to the US from their native Australia. They will perform on the second stage at 9 p.m.
Headlining and closing the festival Saturday night will be Third Day at 10 p.m. on the main stage.
Third Day has received 24 Dove Awards in their 17-year career. The band has also won three Grammys.
Third Day’s hit songs include “Consuming Fire,” “Your Love, Oh Lord,” “Cry Out to Jesus,” and “God of Wonders.”
Kara Doten will conduct a worship service Sunday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m., to bring the fifth annual Higher Ground Music Festival to a close.