Rock the Ridge returns to Sabetha’s NorthRidge Church on Saturday, July 14.

With 2017 attendance between 2,500 and 3,000, Rock the Ridge is one of the largest free music festivals in the Midwest.

Headlining this year’s festival is Grammy Award winner and American Idol finalist, Mandisa. One of the most commercially successful Contemporary Christian artists of the past decade, with 13 Top 20 hits and 5 Top 5 albums to her credit, Mandisa is grateful for the platform God has given her and aware of the responsibility it brings.

Joining Mandisa is Centricity recording artists, Unspoken. Having released only two albums to date, both reached the Top 10 and produced 7 Top 20 hits, including “Start a Fire” and “Good Fight.”

Also appearing at this year’s event will be Cloverton, a band from Manhattan well known for their Christmas version of Leonard Cohen’s classic, “Hallelujah.” 2017 fan favorite Adelaide returns, fresh off their win for Contemporary Christian Indie Artist of the Year. And opening the event at 4:30 will be Topeka’s Brail Watson, who is classically trained at the Berklee College of Music and plays a variety of music, from hip-hop to cello-accompanied classics.

Free inflatables return, as do all of the food trucks from last year, with a couple of tasty additions. While the event is free to everyone, VIP tickets and premium parking passes will be available soon at iTickets.com.

The event, which takes place just outside NorthRidge Church, begins at 4 p.m. with the opening of the giant inflatable obstacle courses, slides, bounce houses and velcro wall. Those wishing to volunteer may do so by calling the church at 785-284-3060.

For more information, check out the festival website at rocktheridge.net, or the Rock the Ridge Facebook page.

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