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10 tips for getting the most out of Kingdom Bound

For four days each summer, Kingdom Bound Ministries descends upon Darien Lake Theme Park and Performing Arts Center for what is billed as the largest Christian music and arts festival in the state.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Kingdom Bound, which is expected to draw upward of 50,000 believers to the park for four days of music, worship and fellowship from July 20-23. Here are 10 things tips if you are planning to check out this year’s festival.

The schedule: The 30th anniversary festival features 69 speakers and musical acts on multiple stages. From musical headliners like Matt Maher (July 20), Matthew West (July 22) and Skillet (July 23), to inspirational speakers, including Wes Aarum (July 20 and 22) and Reggie Dabbs (July 21), you’ll need to plan your schedule carefully so you don’t miss your favorites. A complete list of acts, along with the times and stages where they will perform, is available online (kingdombound.com).

If you’re traveling: You’ve got options. Much of the festival takes place within a short walk of the Darien Lake campground, so if you are planning to stay overnight, you can bring an RV, rent an RV, rent a cabin or pitch a tent.

Sleepover spectacular: They say membership has its privileges, well so too does staying on-site at the campground for Kingdom Bound. Overnight guests at the hotel or campgrounds can enjoy a campfire with Brothers McClurg on July 20, as well as bonfires in the meadow on July 21 and 22. Not the fire type? Check out the dance party July 21 and July 22 outside of the Beaver Brothers Café in the amusement park.

Speaker you won’t want to miss: Nik Vujicic. Born with no arms or legs, Vujicic turned potential tragedy to triumph. Today he travels the globe sharing his story of faith and overcoming obstacles with an insight few others can match. A veteran of Kingdom Bound, Vujicic is guaranteed to make you laugh and cry, possibly at the same time. Vujicic will share his message at 8:30 p.m. July 23 in the Performing Arts Center.

Musical act you won’t want to miss: Brothers McClurg. With an overflow of talent taking the stage at Kingdom Bound, you won’t be able to catch every act, but the homegrown talent of Anthony and Chris Hoisington, collectively known as Brothers McClurg, is one show you need to get on your calendar. The brothers will be playing the Worship Tent at 7:30 p.m. July 22 and 9 a.m. July 23.

Beyond the music: The festival includes many opportunities to participate in the arts. From “Art and Soul” workshops where participants will paint on canvas, to pottery and drama, there is plenty to do between the shows. Look for the KBcreative Interactive Art Tent and check the website for schedules and registration information.

“Awaken” your kids: “Awaken” is a morning worship, held from July 21 to 23, aimed at high school and college students. The program is limited to guests staying overnight until 11 a.m., when the breakout session is open to all.

... and your younger kids: Kidz Rock is worship for your little ones, ages 4 to 8. Thanks to a secure registration system, you can head off and enjoy the festival while your kids worship in the tent.

Need tickets? The festival offers daily tickets ($49 for July 20, $59 for July 21-23. A four-day pass is $149. All tickets include admission to the theme park.

Still have questions? You can visit kingdombound.org or call the office 633-1117. You’ll also find the festival on Facebook and Twitter (@kingdombound).