Our first Music Festival was at North Central College in the mid-90’s. We held it in response to Minnesota’s Southern Gospel Music fans wanting a spring venue in the Metro area. After a few years there, we took the plunge and rented Benson Great Hall at Bethel College for the two-day event to see if that would create some interest.
It did in a pretty big way. We had great response for several years until financial concerns started pointing us to find a different location. Early in the 2000’s we went to Bloomington AG Church. Then for four or five years we were at Celebration Church in Lakeville, MN. This year we are moving to a new location in Burnsville at the Discover Church. Over the years we have seen as few as 10 groups and as many as 19 groups perform during the 2-day event.
The main goal of the event is to provide high quality music that is not only fun and joyful to listen to but also uplifting and inspirational. Our desire as performers is to become a channel through which God can bless the listener and meet their spiritual needs in some way. As it turns out, our performers have become ministers of the Good News! And through each group’s commitment to sing to the glory of Christ, they have received tremendous blessings themselves.