Hope Fest: Prescott-grown community outreach event

Prescott 10-03-15.Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier.Under the Sun band plays on the main stage Saturday morning during the 4th Annual Hope Fest AZ in downtown Prescott.

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Prescott 10-03-15.Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier.Under the Sun band plays on the main stage Saturday morning during the 4th Annual Hope Fest AZ in downtown Prescott.

Although known largely as a faith-based and recovery-oriented event, Hope Fest actually is that and “so much more,” says the event’s co-founder Jaye Lene Long.

The fifth annual Hope Fest will take to the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza this weekend, and Long says it will bring together as many as 300 organizations.

Illustrating the variety: Hope Fest features everything from flu shots to veterans’ services to musical performances to food vendors to a Fun Zone for kids.

The event, which is free to the public, will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and run through 8 p.m. at the courthouse plaza in downtown Prescott.

Three stages will be on hand, featuring a number of performances. Headliner Todd Agnew, a contemporary Christian musician, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Other performers include singer-songwriters Mia Koehne and Skylar Kaylyn, Covenant 31, The Billy Spoon Band, Skylee Shea, and Christian artist Brian Weaver.

Hope Fest bills itself as an “outreach festival,” and a “resource fair,” and Long says one of its goals is collaboration.

“It’s a huge Prescott-grown community outreach that brings together every pillar of the community,” she said.

A news release for the event states that more than 150 vendor booths will be on hand “with information about veterans’ services, health, housing, recovery, education, family resources, senior options, adoption, foster care jobs, volunteer opportunities, and first responders.”

It adds: “The family-friendly Fun Zone promises diverse children’s activities, including face painting, bounce houses, games, skits, dancers, and a very special 3-on-3 competition hosted by the Northern Arizona SUNS.”

The event began five years ago as a small summer concert, and has grown through the years to “a thriving congregation, inviting people of all walks of life to attend,” Long said.

During a presentation this year, the event’s Fostering Hope Award will be given to a local nonprofit service organization or ministry for a measurable contribution to the community, Long said, noting, “The emphasis is on ‘being part of the solution.’”

More than 180 volunteers and dozens of community sponsors have helped with the event. The news release states that donors, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers are still being sought. “Anyone can help by bringing donations of canned food, new cold weather gear, coats, socks, sleeping bags, and other winter provisions,” the release added.

The presenting sponsor Lamb Chevrolet will be joined by other supporters, including Teen Challenge of Arizona, John Hancock Barbershop, Yavapai Bottle Gas, OneAZ Credit Union, NAZ SUNS, Take 12 Recovery Radio, Great Circle Media, Arizona Sine Radio, and Magic 99.1FM, according to the news release.

More information is available online at www.HopeFestAZ.com, or by calling 928-387-4673.