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Ichthus Festival’s 35th Anniversary

It could be likened to Woodstock, with thousands of young people coming to spend a weekend camping on a farm in Wilmore to hear endless live music. And it was actually created as a response to Woodstock. But it’s different in one major way: it’s the nation’s oldest Christian music festival. Started in 1970, the annual Ichthus Festival connects youth with Christ through teaching, music, and worship. Last year’s festival drew more than 23,000 people from across the nation.

This year’s festival runs April 22-25 with Ichthus celebrating its “Legacy” theme for the 35th anniversary celebration. The event kicks off Thursday afternoon with a mix of music, worship, speakers, and more music. With more than 100 bands and nationally known headliners such as Third Day, Kirk Franklin, Switchfoot, Audio Adrenaline, tobyMac, and Relient K, and more than 25 teachers, Ichthus is jam-packed with activities.

Attendees are encouraged to camp, at no additional cost, on the 110-acre farm, bringing all equipment and items used on a typical camping trip, with two 22-head showerhouses available for use. New this year, tents can also be rented on-site. Food and merchandise vendors are available.

The Ichthus Farm is located just outside Wilmore on U.S. Route 68, about 30 minutes south of Lexington at 9520 Harrodsburg Road.

Tickets for the entire weekend are $73, one day $39, one evening $29, and special children’s prices, when bought by April 16; tickets are slightly higher after that time or at the gate. For tickets or more information, call (859) 858-3001 or go online to www.ichthus.org.

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