With The FEST 2020 fast approaching, event organizers announced that a new and improved website has launched.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the one-day festival of faith, family and fun that normally draws tens of thousands of people to the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe was redesigned as TheFEST@home. It will take place as scheduled on Aug. 9, but everyone is invited to participate from the comfort of their homes. The event will open at 3 p.m. “Glorious” is this year’s theme.
Father Bob Stec and Jake Bihari, two of the event organizers, said the website is brand new and optimized for viewing The FEST live. It also includes a countdown clock for the FEST and a schedule of the day’s events.
“What this means is that you will be able to watch for King and Country, Casting Crowns and seven other bands perform on your ‘home’ page while visiting activities and displays – as if you were walking The FEST grounds,” said Father Stec. “It’s going to be amazing.”
Bihari said those who go online now will see a complete schedule for FEST day along with some of the activities, inspiring messages, amazing presentations and spiritual opportunities that will help them and thousands of others find hope, peace and the abiding presence of God.
The FEST team has been working hard to get ready for the first FEST@home. All the features of previous FESTs will be included in the new FEST@home. There are options to watch vocation videos, tutorials in the Mom’s Relaxation area, inspirational speakers, games and resources in the Man Cave area, opportunities for prayer and in the food area there are recipes, cooking demonstrations and videos. The Kids Zone features crafts and activities, downloads, printables and videos for younger FEST visitors. There also is a place to sign up for the FEST raffle prizes, an activities section and more.
And don’t forget about the closing Mass – which will take place about 8 p.m. -- and the fireworks show that will follow. All can be viewed on the new website.
People also can sign up to host a watch party and stream the event using a projector, smart TV, Facebook, YouTube or the FEST website.
“The FEST is going to be a glorious day – with all the things you’ve come to enjoy at The FEST – this year from the comfort of your home. Thanks to our friends at Meritech and Think Media, along with so many wonderful volunteers, we are ready for you to invite everyone you know to join us for TheFEST@home,” Father Stec said. “That this year, you really can invite everyone to join us for this day of hope – this celebration of our faith and family values – The FEST.”
While checking out the new website, Father Stec and Bihari are reminding visitors to remember to sign of up for the gift baskets that are being given away, courtesy of Marc’s.
The new website is at theFEST.us.