If you're looking either to "get your praise on" or just hear music with a twist of faith, you'll get you chance Saturday.
All Out Praise! is taking place on the soccer field at Champion Christian School's north campus in Donegal Township. In its fifth year, the event also serves as a fundraiser for the interdenominational Christian Family & Children's Family Center, which sponsors the festival.
The idea came in 2009, says Barb Skinner of Saltlick, the center's development director.
"We have a lot of great people [in that area] who are musicians," she and others thought. "We said, 'Wouldn't it be great to bring a headliner?' " That first year, organizers got Aaron Shust, a singer who now splits his time between Aliquippa and Nashville.
This year's headliners are vocalist Chris August -- "his song 'Restore' is on Christian radio now," Mrs. Skinner says -- and the group Love & the Outcome, known for the hit "He Is With Us." Mrs. Skinner noted that "their songs are better known than the artists."
How does it pull in such talent?
"It's not hard, but you have to have funding -- there are different price levels," Mrs. Skinner said. "They know we're a nonprofit." But it's still expensive, which is "why we set ticket prices."
Approximately 120 volunteers are needed to run the production, and many of the services, including sound and the fireworks show, are donated. The music runs from noon to 10 p.m., with local groups performing in the afternoon and fireworks to follow the headliners.
Helping matters was a $2,500 grant from the Laurel Highlands Visitors' Bureau, "which we used on radio spots," Mrs. Skinner said.
It's not just a music festival, either -- Joe King of Ligonier Township, who does wood carvings with a chainsaw, is putting on three 15-minute demonstrations. Mrs. Skinner also said the event includes, among other things, information booths from colleges and ministries, climbing walls and children's activities.
"It's very family friendly," she said.
Last year the center began sponsoring Friday night activities, geared to youth. This year, free dinner for those age 18 and younger is being held at 6 p.m., with adults paying a nominal cost. In addition, the Rev. Ron Kosor, pastor of Alpha Lions Den in Derry Borough and a former player for the Detroit Lions, is speaking on Friday.
"We have some worship bands that want to perform, [as well as] skits and drama," Mrs. Skinner said.
The cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, $15 in advance and $20 at the gate for children ages 3-12.
"When people buy their tickets, [they] will be good for Friday night as well as Saturday," Mrs. Skinner said.
The center operates two campuses of Champion Christian School, a pregnancy resource center and a library -- "because our area doesn't have one," Mrs. Skinner said.
Details: www.alloutpraise.com or 724-455-2122.
Rick Nowlin: email@example.com or 412-263-3871.