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SHIPPENSBURG — The 2015 Uprise Festival, a two-day Christian music event, will be held Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Shippensburg Fairgrounds.

Gates will open at 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday with performances starting at 4 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. on the two days respectively.

Featured artists will include Casting Crowns, Skillet, Switchfoot, Jeremy Camp, Relient K, Crowder, Third Day, For King and Country, Thousand Foot Krutch, Family Force Five, Disciple, We As Human, Colton Dixon, I Am They, Peter Furler Band, Demon Hunter, Children 18:3, Spoken, NF, Silent Plant, Decyfer Down, KB, 7th Time Down, War of Ages, Good Little Giants and Aaron Kolenc.

Organizer Scott Brown brought the Uprise Festival to Shippensburg 12 years ago because he wanted to provide a community event for families. It was attended by about 1,500 people the first year, but has grown tremendously since then and now has an average attendance of 10,000 to 13,000 with visitors from all over Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, North Carolina and Canada.

The format of the festival remains today much like it was 12 years ago. Brown said things haven’t changed because people like it the way it is.

“We get a lot of feedback, and we really try to listen to that,” Brown said.

As an example, he said the festival featured a fireworks display two or three years ago but was discontinued because people didn’t want it.

Other aspects of the festival, however, continue to be popular.

“People said they love the family atmosphere,” he said. “They love the small but big kind of festival.

“People like it because it’s pretty laid back and an amazing amount of bands for a small amount of money. A lot of people use it as their end-of-summer getaway.”

Other activities will include inflatables, a children’s tent, petting zoo, skate park, volleyball, laser tag, food and dance party.

The event will be held rain or shine. Parking is free.

Advance tickets are $45 for both days or $40 for a one-day admission, and $50 at the gate. Admission is free for children age 6 and under.

Additional options include a band picnic from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday with hamburgers, chips and a drink for $25, and a general meet-and-greet with various artists at prices ranging from $20 to $50.

For more information, call 491-1955.

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Email Debbie Chestnut at dchestnut@cumberlink.com

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