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May 6, 2016

Students working at Ichthus Music Festival
Asbury University has been a supporter and partner with the Ichthus music festivals for decades.

WILMORE, Ky. — For decades, Asbury University has been a supporter and partner with the Ichthus music festivals. When the company Creation Festivals determined earlier this year that it would not continue the Ichthus festival, Asbury worked with Creation and has entered into an agreement to obtain the rights to the Ichthus name and legacy.

“Over the next couple of years we will be praying and discussing how to shepherd this important history and mission and want to thank all those who in the past have been involved in this great Ichthus legacy,” said Dr. Mark Troyer, Asbury’s vice president for enrollment management.

Created as an alternative to Woodstock and for several years attracting as many as 20,000 people to Wilmore each summer, Ichthus has always been about encouraging a deeper walk in faith, not just a Christian entertainment weekend.

Asbury’s close involvement has been one point of continuity for Ichthus through the years, as admissions staff, volunteers and Asbury’s student media crew helped make the festivals a success. Additionally, Asbury co-sponsored more than $200,000 of scholarships to high school seniors, with winners announced each day from the main stage.

“We commit to carefully determine how the Ichthus mission and the mission of Asbury University may intersect in some way in the future,” Troyer said.