KENNEWICK, Wash. — For the first time in two decades, one of the Northwest’s biggest annual Christian events won’t take place here — or anywhere else. According to Creation Northwest festival leaders, the July event will take a break during 2018, but plans to be back in 2019.
“It is with much prayer and deep considerations that the leadership has come to the decision to postpone Creation Northwest 2018,” says a statement at www.creationfest.com. “Unfortunately, as we head into 2018, we have realized we need to pull back for a year in order to re-group and re-focus, in an effort to be good stewards of this ministry. This is a tough decision, but we know in our hearts it is the right decision to help see this festival continue for years to come.”
Details are still being worked out for the festival’s return; it is tentatively set for July 18-20, 2019 at a yet-unannounced venue.
This decision does not affect the older Creation Northeast festival in Mount Union, Pa., which will mark its 40th anniversary this year. In 1998, the East Coast event expanded west with Creation Northwest at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Wash. It sought to fill a gap created when the popular Jesus Northwest festival at Clark County Fairgrounds near Vancouver, Wash., ended in 1997.
In 2010, Creation Northwest moved to Enumclaw, Wash., then to Kennewick’s Benton-Franklin Fairgrounds in2014.
Attracting tens of thousands, the festivals feature top Christian rock, contemporary, and worship bands; Christian speakers and authors, a “fringe stage” with lesser-known bands, children’s entertainment, camping, prayer tent and more.
Those who had already bought tickets to Creation Northwest can either carry their tickets over to 2019 or receive a refund. For more information, go to www.creationfest.com