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WILMORE, KY—The three-day Christian music festival, Ichthus, held June 15-17 drew a crowd of 17,306 fans from across the nation. Asbury College acted as the official college sponsor this year, hosting several events on the Ichthus grounds and on campus, as well as housing more than 350 participants in the residence halls.

Amaris2.jpgSome 420 groups, ensembles, duets and soloists auditioned for Asbury College’s band, Macklem Drive. Singers and musicians of all ages and skill levels turned out for their chance to be “the One.” They sang everything from their favorite hymns and selections by contemporary Christian artists to the infamous alphabet song.

The public relations office organized the event and selected the two winners—Amaris Blevins and Arryon Copeland. Amaris and Arryon Arryon.jpgperformed “Solid Rock” live on stage Saturday night right before the Audio Adrenaline concert with Macklem Drive members, Laura Jo Tegge ’07 and Becca Aylor ’07. The winners each received an iPod Nano along with their onstage performance. Asbury Colleges staff, students and volunteers distributed 775 Macklem Drive t-shirts to all those who auditioned and signed up to receive information from the College. Check out the Macklem Drive music video.

mainstage2.jpgSeveral participants got some special encouragement from the Chick-fil-a cows who turned out to not only watch, but also take the mics themselves. Chick-fil-a owner and Asbury College alumnus, Jeff Stryker ’87 had the cows wear Asbury College jerseys and help promote the College.

On Friday night, the admission’s office hosted “After-Throw,” a dodgeball tournament with Alabaster Box at the College’s Luce Activities Center. More than 400 middle and high school students came ready to play, but Alabaster Box was crowned the dodgeball champion—winning 11 out of 15 games. The College gave out free t-shirts and several prizes including another iPod.

Festival-goers visited the Highbridge Film Festival tent at Ichthus to see several of the latest Asbury College student-produced films. For more information about the Highbridge Film Festival, check out the web site. The festival winners had their films premiered on the Jumbotron for all to see.

More than 400 stopped by to hear Devin Brown, professor of English at the College and author of “Inside Narnia: A Guide to Exploring the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. Brown’s book was released prior the Disney premiere of C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and is now in its sixth printing.

Asbury College had a great weekend at the festival and looks forward to more opportunities to partner with Ichthus ministries in the future. For more information on Ichthus visit the web site.