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Ichthus Festival canceled, again

TobyMac headlined the second day of the final Ichthus Festival in Wilmore in June 2012.
TobyMac headlined the second day of the final Ichthus Festival in Wilmore in June 2012. rcopley@herald-leader.com

The organization that presents the Creation Festivals has announced that it is no longer presenting the Ichthus Festival.

“We underestimated the time and financial resources necessary to restart this great ministry,” the announcement on the Ichthus Facebook page read. “So, after much prayerful consideration, Creation Festivals has made the difficult decision that stepping away from Ichthus Festival will be in the best interest for the event and its future.”

 

Creation Festivals will not be holding the 2016 Ichthus Festival. We underestimated the time and financial resources...

Posted by Ichthus Festival on Thursday, February 4, 2016

That future of Ichthus, if there is any, is unclear at best.

The post went on to say that Creation, apparently, is talking to another organization that “will consider the future of this great ministry.”

Founded in 1970 at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Ichthus was widely regarded as the first contemporary Christian music festival. It grew to attract more than 20,000 people in its heyday: the late 1990s and early 2000s. But early this decade, the event and its parent, Ichthus Ministries, hit turbulent financial waters, and the final Ichthus Festival in Wilmore was held in June 2012.

In 2013, Creation Festivals parent Come Alive International announced that it was taking over the festival name and moving it to the Kentucky Horse Park. But it wasn’t until last summer that the one and only Ichthus under Creation’s watch was presented.

The announcement, posted Feb. 4, said to watch the page for further announcements.

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