For decades, a Pennsylvania farm has been the home to one of the largest Christian music festivals in the world. Thousands come to Agape Farm in Shirleysburg in Huntingdon County every summer to worship, dance and camp.
This year, the masses descend on June 26. Many will camp on the farm throughout the entire festival, which concludes on June 29. Tickets for the festival are still on sale, including day passes which start at $50. They can be purchased online at creationfest.com or at the festival’s gates.
The music ranges from rock to techno to rap — but the message is all the same. It’s one of faith, redemption and hope.
This year, headliners include Skillet, David Crowder, Elevation Worship and Hillsong Worship.
It’s more than a music festival, though. There are worship services, lectures, comedy shows, baptisms and film screenings happening throughout. It’s goal is to bring the Gospel to younger generations and to make the Christian message accessible.
“We’re very youth focused and we feel that youth are challenged with so many different issues in our culture,” Bill Darpino, the festival’s producer, told PennLive in 2014. “We feel the festival offers a real element of hope, love and community that they don’t always necessarily get. So through that we’re able to express our faith.”
The last date PennLive has attendance figures for the festival is 2014. At that time approximately 55,000 people filled the farm — a big difference from the 5,000 who came to the first-ever Creation event in 1979.
You can learn more about Creation at creationfest.com.
DETAILS: June 26-29 at Agape Farm, 17512 Rapture St., Shirleysburg. Cost: Full pass: $145 adults, $45 ages 7-13, free for children 6 years old and younger. Day pass: $50. Two-Day pass: $80. VIP: $900. creationfest.com.