Our 2nd year festival had returning festival goers who had spread the word to their friends. Although a shortened festival this year, the gates didn’t open until noon on Saturday. Again, we offered music from local and regional artists, and asked JJ Weeks to return to play along with Grammy nominated Building 429. We again offered merchandise vendors the opportunity to set up and asked food trucks to return to supply yummy festival food. We were appreciative our wonderful sponsors: Liberty University (who gave away a $16,500 scholarship, a GoPro camera and autographed guitar!), The Journey FM, Compassion International, Blue Ridge Community Church, Meade Tractors, Victory Restoration Church, New Harvest Ministries, Oak Haven Lodge, Rakestraw Lawncare, Wagner Shells, Inc., Allstate Insurance, and Vickie’s Tax Service.
Replenish Festival 2015 was our inaugural year of watching the vision become reality. A non-profit was formed with dedicated board members and volunteers that worked tirelessly to bring the New River Valley a fun, family-oriented, faith-based festival. We invited JJ Weeks Band to come to perform as well as Eddie James Ministries. We were appreciative of our first year sponsors: Compassion International, Journey FM, Christ Fellowship, Emmanuel College, Marshall’s Sandblasting & Painting, Inc., Oak Haven Lodge, Pebble Brook Landscaping, and Vickie’s Tax Service. Our 3-day festival started on Friday evening with local and regional music and offered overnight camping through the weekend. Saturday offered bounce houses for the kids, more local and regional music and then headline acts to play that evening. Sunday morning offered morning worship and an opportunity for baptism afterward. We estimated 1500 in attendance.