Spirit West Coast to hold single-day festival at San Diego County Fair

DEL MAR, Calif. — Spirit West Coast returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds June 23 for a single-day event in conjunction with the San Diego County Fair.

The festival will feature Newsboys, Hawk Nelson and Blanca.

“The SWC ministry organization couldn’t be more thrilled about bringing ministry and music back to San Diego,” said Jon Robberson, director of Spirit West Coast. “Having presented eight festivals there from 2004 to 2012 we’ve missed having an event in recent years. We’re excited that the Lord has given this opportunity to return.”

Christian-oriented music is not new to the San Diego County Fair and this year Switchfoot will kick off the San Diego County Fair on June 3. The San Diego natives long list of hits includes “Dare You To Move,” “Meant To Live,” “This Is Your Life,” and many more.

The 12th annual Gospel Festival will also return this year, set for June 25. Shirley Caesar is the featured performer of the annual Gospel Festival this year. Her long career includes many hits in this genre, including “No Charge,” “Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name,” and “Takin’ It Back.”

The traditionally multi-day festival, which had been alternating between Northern and Southern California in the past, has emerged with a new format and scope: three single-day events in June. Spirit West Coast is produced in association with Celebration Concerts and Transparent Productions.

Robberson said the shortened festival schedule allows them to cut high-cost logistical and structural requirements, including camping options.

“As a nonprofit ministry our goal and purpose is to not only provide incredible Christian music entertainment but even more so to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Robberson said at the time. “This allows us to accomplish these goals and we’re excited about seeing many newcomers turn out, plus the many thousands who have attended Spirit West Coast in the past.”

One result of the changes is a reduction in ticket costs, which can draw even more fans, he said.

General admission tickets for Del Mar are $20, with reserved seats available from $25 to $150 for VIP floor.

Learn more at SpiritWestCoast.org or the San Diego County Fair.

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