Annual God and Country Music Festival to be held July 2 at Centennial Park – Canon City Daily Record

The fourth annual God and Country Music Festival will be held July 2, beginning at 11 a.m. at Centennial Park.

The festival is sponsored and organized by Harvest Connections, a local non-profit organization that provides churches and community members with evangelistic resources, suicide prevention materials, and many other resources.

Ray and Kaye Linebaugh have worked hard, even during the stressful COVID years, to bring the festival to the community. This year’s theme is simple: get involved.

As a Vietnam and Navy veteran, Ray Linebaugh has an intimate and personal understanding of the trauma that many service members experience and hopes to raise awareness of PTSD in the community through the festival. There will be booths and resources available for all attendees and, according to Linebaugh, this year’s festival has received more support and sponsorship than ever before.

The event is free to the public and will feature music from the County Wide Band, Barry Ward, Applewood Band and Westside Rhythm Kings. Food trucks will provide food to hungry attendees and proceeds from donations will go to the many outlets Harvest Connections has throughout Fremont County.

“Everyone knows someone who’s been in the service,” Linebaugh said. “It’s not just these guys or girls. It’s the family. The family suffers a lot.

Suicide prevention and veteran support services will be available at the festival, and Linebaugh is looking forward to strong attendance for the 2022 season.

“We’re in love with the military, but we don’t see the uniforms that are dirty and bloody — those uniforms and what they’re going through,” Linebaugh said.

If you are interested in sponsoring the God and Country Music Festival or have any questions, call Linebaugh at 719-369-5692.

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