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New Wood City Music Festival comes to Cloquet

Cloquet’s Veterans Park will come alive this weekend with the sounds of Christian music.

The Wood City Music Festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, and features 10 Christian local and national bands, including headliner Hawk Nelson.

Sponsored by Cloquet House of Prayer and supported by many local churches, the festival is a family-friendly event for the entire region and beyond.

One of the most unique things about the Wood City Music Festival is that admission is free, thanks to generous donors. In addition, 100 percent of free-will donations received at the festival and 90 percent of proceeds from food concessions will be donated to Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, Youth for Christ, and Young Life.

“We hope that all who attend Wood City Music Festival will leave knowing of God’s love for them,” said Lee Harris, festival director. “This event will have something for everyone. Great music all day long, a large children's play area with several bounce houses, and it's free!”

Headliner band Hawk Nelson has been on the Christian Music scene since 2000. They have achieved many awards for their music including Rock Album of the Year in 2011 for “Crazy Love.” The most recent album, “Made,” has four singles playing on Christian radio in this area. Their mixture of punk/alternative rock has made fans wherever they tour.

In addition to Hawk Nelson, other bands in order of appearance include Tyler Felton, SALT, Sarah Dixon, Gifted Wings, JP Roquet, Dawna Johnson and DJ Kirk, Matt Gilman, Lightswitch and Everfound. The bands represent a large spectrum of the Christian genre, including punk-pop, alternative-pop, rock, worship, and southern rock

Local comedian Daren Streblow will emcee the festival and speaker Wade McHargue will take to the stage in between bands. Streblow’s unique style of observational stand-up comedy has been entertaining people throughout the United States and around the world since he first stepped on the stage in 1995. McHargue, author of “Elijah Generation,” is a pastor in South Dakota and leads men's Christian ministry gatherings around the country.

There will be free parking in designated public parking lots and on-street parking. Festivalgoers need to bring their own chairs and blankets, and although food and beverages will be available for purchase, people are welcome to bring their own.

Festival planners hope to see the park fill up for this fun and free family event. For more information, visit the Wood City Music Festival Facebook page.