Jfest mov­ing to Ten­nessee River­park

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Af­ter 20 years, Jfest, the contemporary Chris­tian music fes­ti­val that takes place in May, will be leav­ing Camp Jor­dan and mov­ing to the Ten­nessee River­park, ac­cord­ing to Ted Gocke, J103 pro­gram di­rec­tor.

Gocke says the one-day fes­ti­val has es­sen­tially out­grown the East Ridge fa­cil­ity.

“Camp Jor­dan is a won­der­ful sports and recre­ation fa­cil­ity and it keeps ex­pand­ing with more play­grounds and fields, which is won­der­ful, but it eats up our space,” he says.

While the fi­nal tab­u­la­tion has not been com­pleted, Gocke says the event this past week­end was an­other successful one. De­spite the threat of bad weather, be­tween 7,000 to 9,000 at­tended.

By mov­ing to the River­park off Am­ni­cola High­way, about three times that many peo­ple can at­tend, he says. To help at­tract more peo­ple, J103 has com­mit­ted to up­ping the bud­get for tal­ent an­other $100,000 to get some of the top-tier tal­ent. He said fu­ture plans could in­clude adding stages of­fer­ing dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal gen­res within the contemporary Chris­tian field.

It will re­main a one-day fes­ti­val for now.

To ac­com­mo­date park­ing, J103 has signed a five-year deal with Chat­tanooga State to use its park­ing lots, and the folks with the county parks ser­vice have agreed to widen the path con­nect­ing the cam­pus with the park.

It has long been thought, and dis­cussed, that if River­bend should ever leave Ross’s Land­ing for what­ever rea­son — loss of space be­cause of devel­op­ment, for ex­am­ple — the RiverBarry Courter park would be a log­i­cal al­ter­na­tive.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how this works for Jfest and the park.

› Song­birds South will host Con­cert for a Cause to ben­e­fit 6-year-old Layla Shook on Sun­day, May 27. The Ring­gold res­i­dent was born with a rare ail­ment called Apert Syn­drome clover­leaf skull. She has been through 58 surg­eries, in­clud­ing com­plete skull reconstruction, and has more to come.

Just 22 days af­ter her birth, her skull was com­pletely fused and her brain had no room to grow, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from Song­birds. Cran­io­fa­cial sur­geon Dr. Larry Sar­gent broke her skull into pieces and re­built it. Layla will have more skull surg­eries in the fu­ture. She de­vel­oped hy­dro­cephalus af­ter her sec­ond skull surgery. She now has a shunt in her head to con­tin­u­ally drain fluid from her brain. She has been through 10 shunt re­vi­sions.

Sun­day’s event will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. and will fea­ture music by Tyson Lea­mon, Throt­tle 21, Out­law 45, Con­vert­ibull and Sexy Beast, in that or­der. Cover is $10, but of course you can al­ways do­nate more.

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