The seventh-annual Victory in "Da Ville," an outdoor Christian celebration and festival complete with music, food and games, will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 30 at Brentwood United Methodist Church.
The church is located at 148 Stephens St., Wintersville, off Bantam Ridge Road. There will be signs with directions posted.
"This festival is an outreach project for the community, and there is no charge for anything to those attending, but people are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for Urban Mission Ministries," said Ronda Mattern, festival chairperson.
COMMITTEE — Getting ready for the seventh-annual Victory in “Da Ville,” an outdoor Christian celebration and festival complete with music, food and games from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 30 at Brentwood United Methodist Church, are, from left, church representatives Frances Montgomery, Bob Woods, Barb Thermes at left; center, ; Dan Furda, Debbie Thompson, Pastor Bill Westling, Ronda Mattern; and at right, William Krach, seated, and back, from left, Mona Krach, Austin Mattern and Jodi Westling.
-- Janice R. Kiaski
"Pastor Bill Westling had the vision to do something like this several years ago, and this is the seventh year it has been held with many different Christian musical artists and groups as well as visitors coming from several different states throughout these years," Mattern said, estimating last year's attendance at "more than a thousand."
For the second year, there will be a youth concert from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 29 called "Prime Time to Shine, Friday Youth Night at Victory in Da Ville." The musical guests will include Fresh Direktion and the Chrisagis Brothers. There is no admission cost for the concert but youth are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for Urban Mission. Light refreshments will be available.
Ministering in Christian music throughout the June 30 festival will be the Thermes Women, 1 p.m.; doc roe, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.; the Chrisagis Brothers, 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Jennifer Galownie, 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; the church's Revelation Praise Band and friends, 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; Randy Brown and family from Nashville, 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and a grand finale featuring all the artists from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
A car cruise-in also will be held June 30 with free registration beginning at 11 a.m. Free dash plaques will be given to the first 50 registered entries, and prizes will be awarded for the "Pastor's Choice" and the "Children's Choice."
For the children, there will be games and prizes throughout the day, age-appropriate water slides, face painting, pinatas and clowns DumDum and DuhDuh making balloon animals. Children also are asked to bring a non-perishable food item as well as a bathing suit or change of clothing.
Sandwiches, including hot dogs, sloppy joes, hot chicken and sausage with peppers along with children's snacks, popcorn and Sno Cones will be available at no cost.
Chairs will be set up under a tent but festival-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Handicapped parking will be available.
Mattern said the public also is invited to attend the Sunday outdoor worship service at 10 a.m. July 1 with Randy Brown and family as special musical guests. A picnic will be held afterwards.
For information on the festivities, call the church at (740) 264-4531 or (740) 266-6613.