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Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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Big Ticket Festival: A Party With a Purpose

Kristi Kates - June 9th, 2014  

With the focus squarely on spirituality, Gaylord’s Big Ticket Festival was founded in 2005 by Glen Catt, whose vision was to create a festival that “truly connected with every member of the family.”

Fast-forward almost ten years later, and Big Ticket is still going strong, a multi-genre event that covers bluegrass, pop, rock, rap, and country music, plus a range of other festival diversions. The 2014 version is set to be one of their biggest yet.

MUSIC AND MORE

“Music was just the beginning,” said Drew Spanding, executive director of the festival and President of White Stone Project, which oversees the event.

“Every year, Big Ticket also hosts some of the world’s best speakers to communicate messages of hope. Over the years, we have also had ice skating exhibitions, marathons, illusionists, action sports, and more.”

This year’s schedule includes a big lineup of bands, including headlining rockers Third Day on Saturday, popular CCM artist Chris Tomlin on Friday, and power-popsters Tenth Avenue North on Thursday.

And that’s just the very beginning of the schedule of bands; there are over 30 main stage performers in all, plus an Indie Showcase that will present up-and-coming musicians.

All faith-based artists, these performers help Big Ticket teem with positivity, which Spanding said is part of what makes the festival special.

“The songs are not about the artist, but about something larger than them,” he explained. “This kind of music points you to something so much greater than a person.”

BIG COUNTRY

New to the fest this year is something that will expand Big Ticket’s appeal even more - they’re kicking off a country music night called Big Ticket Country on the Wednesday before the fest, with Country Music Award Duo of the Year winners Thompson Square in concert.

Kiefer and Shawna Thompson have appeared on Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel, and have snagged two Grammy nominations in addition to their CMA nod.

They’ll be joined by special guest speaker Nick Vujicic from Australia, who has overcome life without limbs, and now works to inspire others to beat obstacles in their lives.

“Nick is truly one of the most remarkable people in the entire world,” Spanding said enthusiastically. “He gets over 30,000 requests to speak a year, and he’s coming to Northern Michigan!”

FUN FOR EVERYONE

In addition to the musical performers and inspirational speakers, Big Ticket is bringing back plenty of other favorite events, too.

The Giant Inflatables - which include the inflated Mechanical Bull and the Euro-Bungie - are sure to bring lots of laughs, while the Stand Strength Team will demonstrate feats of strength to communicate messages of positivity and motivation.

Food vendors, a special prayer tent, a kids zone, and camping round out the festival fun, in a weekend the whole family can enjoy.

Spanding is looking forward to this year’s event, but he’s also got his eyes set further forward, with plans to continue improving the event year by year.

“We can still grow the festival by 50 percent in our current location,” he said. “I would hope we are fortunate enough to reach a sellout in the next few years.”

The 2014 Big Ticket Festival takes place June 19-21 at the Otsego County Fairgrounds in Gaylord. For tix and a complete schedule, visit bigticketfestival.com; Big Ticket Country tickets (June 18) are sold separately.

BIG TICKET’S 2014 LINEUP:

Third Day

Chris Tomlin

Tenth Avenue North

Sidewalk Prophets

Thousand Foot Krutch

Jon Micah

Aaron Shust

Matt Maher

Graham Saber

Mikeschair

The Vespers

Dara Maclean

Fireflight

Bluetree

Rapture Ruckus

And many more!

 
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