Jeremy Camp, one of the hottest Christian musical performers in the country, is to headline Exclaim 2013, Toledo's largest free outdoor Christian music festival.
Exclaim 2013 is set for Sunday at the Monsignor Schmit CYO Athletic Complex, 555 S. Holland-Sylvania Road, in Toledo. Gates are to open at 1 p.m., and the event is to last until 9 p.m.
Exclaim 2013 is a family event that is to feature three nationally known musicians: The Jacob and Matthew Band (2 p.m.), Hawk Nelson (3:30 p.m.) and Jeremy Camp (5 p.m.). Amanda Vernon, a Catholic singer/songwriter, also is to perform on the second stage. Also, Father Mark Davis is to perform a magic act.
A scene from last year’s Exclaim music festival. The 2013 version is to begin Sunday afternoon.
Exclaim 2013 also is to feature games, children's activities, information from area ministries and businesses, an outdoor eucharistic adoration chapel and a private reconciliation tent. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are to be sold.
The festival is to conclude with a Mass at 7 p.m. that is to include clergy from across the diocese.
"This is our fourth year for Exclaim," said Michael Puppos, Exclaim director and pastoral associate for music and liturgy at Blessed John XXIII in Perrysburg. "Last year, we had nearly 10,000 in attendance, and we expect an even larger crowd this year with our headliner Jeremy Camp.
"Our goal with Exclaim is to bring Christians together and inspire them to take the positive energy from the day and put their faith into action."
Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, money for food and beverages, sunscreen and water. Those who bring a small tent for shade will be asked to set up the tent around the perimeter of the seating area in order not to obstruct the view of others. No pets, alcoholic beverages or cigarettes are permitted on the CYO Athletic Complex.