The West Coast Creation Music Festival is coming to the Tri-Cities this summer, drawing as many as 15,000 Christian music fans a day.
The popular festival is moving from Enumclaw to the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick on July 30-Aug. 2.
"They called, said they were looking for a change of venue and we began talking," said John Donley, fairgrounds office manager.
Organizers wanted to make the festival more centrally located in the region and give participants more opportunity to camp out and stay longer, he said.
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The Creation Music Festival holds events annually in the Northeast and the Northwest. Together, they're the largest Christian music festival in the nation.
"It's four days of bands, speakers and activities for adults and kids," he said. "It's a great big giant fest and definitely a family thing."
Donley said festival organizers told him the event draws people from all over the West and that he could expect 10,000 to 15,000 people each day to pass through the gates.
"That'll make this the second largest event in the Tri-Cities next to the fair," he said. "This should bring in a couple of million dollars to the local economy. They'll be visiting restaurants, buying gas and not everyone will want to camp out. The motels with their air conditioning are going to be pretty attractive that time of year."
The festival features top names in Christian music, as well as guest speakers.
The music lineup has not been confirmed, but past festivals have included Owl City, TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Lacrae, Switchfoot, Newsboys, Red, David Crowder Band, Hillsong Live, Casting Crowns, Family Force 5 and Building 429.
Ticket information is available at creationfest.com.