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Summerfest coming to Military Park

Chad Frey
cfrey@thekansan.com
Music will be playing Aug. 8 in Military Park as part of the two-day Summerfest for Celebrate Recovery and New Jerusalem Mission.

There is an event on the calendar, set for all day in Military Park, that will go on despite COVID-19 leading to local mask orders and social distancing.

The Celebrate Recovery Summerfest will mark its fifth year Aug. 8 and 9.

“There are people that look forward to this event every year,” said organizer Jeff Layne.

The event raises funds for New Jerusalem Mission, a mission that serves in Harvey County and South Africa located on W. Broadway, and Celebrate Recovery, a Christian 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind.

“We feel like we have been given a mission to serve people who are hurting in our community,” Layne said. “There is still life, there is still hope in the community.”

The festival, a celebration of summer, does not charge and admission — admission is by donation.

The festival organizers have kept the music festival in place, along with a dunk tank and kids games. There will be food vendors. However, bouncy houses and inflatables have been canceled from the children’s area.

“We were asked by the health department for a safety plan to be in place,” Layne said. “We believe this can be done in a safe manner.”

The music will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 8.

Rockin’ Ron Corino, who hosts a Christian music radio show on 88.1 KBCU, will host the music festival. He has put together a lineup of local and traveling artists.

“These artists are longing to come,” Corino said. “They have been put on hold for so long, they are just waiting for the right doors to open. Many of them are making no money, and doing virtual music online. They are wanting to get back out there.”

Cotton and Friends, the worship leader for Celebrate Recovery; Dennis Miller, a Christian blues group from Derby; Brad Stevens, local artist; Brendan Brooks, from Wisconsin; Katie Kennard, from Nashville, Tenn.; David Lynn, from Kansas City, Mo.; Jeff Arendale, from Iowa; Soul Purpose, from Kansas City; Chad Boni, from Wichita; and Erskin Anavitarte, from Nashville.

Corino said his job will be spending his microphone time reminding those listening to the music to wear masks and social distance.

“There will be hand sanitizers all over the place,” Corino said. “I’ll be reminding people to have a good time but to respect everybody. Let’s not crowd together. ... We are going to follow what (health officials) tell us. We’ll still have fun.”