• Joshua Morrison/News Members of the Apostolic Christian Church got Praisestock attendees on their feet with a high-energy set during the Christian music festival on Sunday at Ariel-Foundation Park.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Jaidyn Hawkins, performs “This is the stuff” with the Jim Hawkins and the Holy Ghost Riders during the Praisestock Music Festival at Ariel-Foundation Park Sunday.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Over 200 attended the morning worship services at Praisestock, a Christian Music Festival at Ariel-Foundation Park on Sunday.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Nicodemus Strinka slides down the bounce house exit ramp during the Praisestock, a Christian Music Festival at Ariel-Foundation Park on Sunday. A bounce house, arts and crafts and Zumba was available for children.
  • Lisa Davis of Zumba with Teresa and Lisa, leads the kids in different zumba dance moves during Praisestock at Ariel-Foundation Park.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Christian rock band, Slawdog, performs during Praisestock at Ariel-Foundation Park on Sunday.

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MOUNT VERNON — Praisestock appears to be settling nicely into its new home at Ariel-Foundation Park.

The former two-day, rural music festival took its first step as the kick-off event for Food For the Hungry with a morning worship service and a full day of music at the Schnormeier Event Center, Sunday.

David Ewart, Praisestock Leadership Team chair, said the collaboration with FFH represents more of a “next step” than a change.

“I feel like we’re going back to Praisestock’s roots as a community Christian festival,” Ewart said. “It seemed like the more we went with semi-pro and pro groups, people were more disconnected with a true worship experience. We’re very happy to be here in at the Schnormeier in a public venue.”

For the Praisestock leadership team, that meant shortening the festival by a day and partnering directly with a non-profit group. The morning and early afternoon bands were more traditional, with hard rock Christian groups playing in the evening.


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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