TOLEDO-One of the hottest Christian bands in the country, Kutless, is to be the featured performer at Exclaim! 2012, a free outdoor Christian music festival July 29 at the Msgr. Schmit CYO Athletic Complex, 555 S. Holland-Sylvania Road, in Toledo.
Gates open at 1 p.m. and the event continues until 9 p.m. Exclaim! features three live nationally-prominent Christian bands: Josh Blakesley (2 p.m.), The City Harmonic (3:30 p.m.) and Kutless (5 p.m.). The family event also features music from the local band Canons along with games, children’s activities, vendor exhibits and an outdoor Eucharistic adoration chapel. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold. The culmination of the festival is a Mass at 7 p.m. celebrated by clergy from across the diocese and with music from Josh Blakesley and his band.
The first Exclaim! was in August 2010. “Jen Ohms (event co-director) and I wanted to create a positive Catholic event for the Toledo area and offer it for free,” said Michael Puppos, event co-director. “Our goal was, and is, to have people walk away from this festival inspired and ready to put their faith into action. We want to reach out to Catholics and Christians who no longer go to church so they can see how the Catholic church is real, relevant and alive.”
There are some new elements of Exclaim! this year. A second, smaller stage has been added and is to feature Canons, a local band, faith-related workshops and a magic act. The main stage has a new design, including a large video board.
The event is presented by Medical Mutual with the Diocese of Toledo as its main sponsor. Other key sponsors include The Toledo Blade, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, YES FM, LaValley, LaValley, Todak, and Schaefer, Co., L.P.A., Youth and Young Adult Campus Ministry of the Diocese of Toledo, Dei Fratelli Tomato Products, Toledo St. Joan of Arc , The Andersons, Siena Heights University, Directions Credit Union, Perrysburg St. Rose, Toledo St. Patrick of Heatherdowns, Toledo Central Catholic High School, Perrysburg Blessed John XXIII, Toledo St. Patrick Historic, Sylvania St. Joseph and Toledo Immaculate Conception.
Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, money for food and beverages, sunscreen and water. Those who bring tents for shade will be asked to set up their tents around the perimeter of the seating area in order not to obstruct the view of others. No pets, alcoholic beverages or cigarettes are permitted on the CYO Athletic Complex.
For more information or to volunteer at the event, contact Michael Puppos at 419-874-6502, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Exclaim! on Facebook at www.facebook.com/exclaimtoledo.