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Magic Springs kicks off 'Celebrate The Word' Christian festival
Magic Springs kicks off 'Celebrate The Word' Christian festival

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Magic Springs Water and Theme Park presents the first weekend of Celebrate The Word, a Christian festival spanning three summer weekends with award-winning bands Third Day and Tenth Avenue North and inspirational speaker Kevin Downes.

WHO: THIRD DAY

The multi-platinum-selling rock band Third Day has played to millions of fans in numerous sold-out arenas around the world.  It’s garnered 25 No. 1 singles across multiple formats – not to mention armloads of Grammy and Dove Awards.  Yet the band’s willingness to struggle openly before fans and critics alike to unearth its identity, purpose, and missionstands as Third Day’s most valued accomplishment during its first decade together.  Backing up the band's ascent, Billboard magazine noted the act is "not only one of the best Christian bands of the '90s but one of the best rock bands, period.”

WHO: TENTH AVENUE NORTH

Tenth Avenue North is an award-winning American contemporary Christian music band from West Palm Beach, Florida.  They released their debut album, Over and Underneath in 2008, which featured the hit song “Love is Here.”  The band's next album, The Light Meets The Dark, was released in May 2010.  The first single from that album, "Healing Begins" spent 29 weeks on the Billboard Christian Songs chart.

Tenth Avenue North has toured with David Crowder Band, Casting Crowns, and Mercy Me, and headlines their own dates throughout the United States.  In August 2012, the band is scheduled to release its next album, The Struggle.

WHO: SPEAKER KEVIN DOWNES

Kevin Downes is co-star of the 2011 Sherwood Pictures film "Courageous," and producer of the 2010 film "Like Dandelion Dust."  In 1994, Kevin was cast in his first Christian film, "The Crossing," and his passion for God combined with his passion for acting was born.  Since that time, Downes has appeared in 13 Christian films.  His most recent project is based on NY Times best sellingauthor Karen Kingsbury's novel, "Like Dandelion Dust," which was released in theaters in fall 2010, and can be seen currently airing on television on Lifetime Movie Network.

Trevor Morgan will open for Third Day on Saturday, June 9, at 7:45 p.m. at the Magic Springs Timberwood Amphitheater; Third Day will perform at 8 p.m.   On Sunday, June 9,  Kyle Thurman, winner of the Battle of the Bands competition, will perform at 5:30 p.m., followed by an inspirational message from speaker Kevin Downes at 6 p.m.  Tenth Avenue North will close the night with a performance at 7 p.m.  All Celebrate The Word events will be held at the Timberwood Amphitheatre.

All three weekends of Celebrate The Word, as well as 14 other shows in the Pepsi Concert Series, are included with your one-day general admission ticket or Season Pass.  There is not a separate concert ticket.  To view the full concert series lineup, visit MagicSprings.com.

Season passes are available for $59.99 at MagicSprings.com.  General admission to the park is $44.99 per adult, $29.99 per junior(under 48’’), and $29.99 per senior (ages 55+).  Visit MagicSprings.com or call (501) 624-0100 for more information.