Planned renewal of Ichthus Festival is called off until 2015

kward1@herald-leader.comApril 12, 2014 

Chris Tomlin performed the final headlining concert at the last Ichthus.

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The organizers of the Ichthus Festival announced Saturday that the Christian music festival's relaunch has been postponed until 2015.

The festival had been scheduled for June 4 through 7 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

In explaining the decision in a Facebook posting, organizers said that an "unusually high number of snow days" during the winter has extended school makeup days into and past the festival.

"This has made it impossible for many to attend," the post stated.

The organizers now say the festival will be held July 8-11, 2015.

They said they are calling people who have already bought tickets to notify them of the cancellation. The organizers said they will honor those tickets at the 2015 festival.

The Ichthus Festival began in 1970 and was the oldest continually running contemporary Christian music festival in the country before it folded after being held in 2012. Financial problems were to blame.

Pennsylvania-based Come Alive International had planned the comeback and had announced dozens of performers, including Switchfoot, Needtobreathe, Jamie Grace and Mercy Me.

Meanwhile, the farm off U.S. 68 in Wilmore where Ichthus was held for many years is scheduled to host a Christian music festival again later this month.

"The Redemption" has been scheduled for April 26, with a lineup including Disciple, The Never Claim and others.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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