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Matthew West is coming to West Okoboji.

This year’s Okoboji Bible Conference will take place from July 30-Aug. 5. The seven-day event will feature a number of concerts, small group sessions, kids and youth activities and main stage speakers.

The first weekend will kick off with a slate of entertainment including a special concert from The Booth Brothers on Friday, July 29, The Skit Guys and I Am They onstage on Saturday, July 30. And maybe the biggest event of the weekend is a concert featuring Matthew West at Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, July 31.

Matthew West is a dynamite performer who has been a part of the Christian music scene for some time. He has been nominated for a GRAMMY five times and has won numerous other awards including a Dove Award Songwriter of the Year in 2018.

“He has received an American Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, a K-LOVE Fan Award and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year. A recipient of the Rich Mullins Impact Award, West also received a prime-time Emmy Award nomination for Original Music and Lyrics for the title track for the feature film ‘The Heart of Christmas,’” according to his bio on his website.

Some of his most popular songs include “Hello, My Name Is” and “The Motions.”

And the Okoboji Bible Conference is excited to be bringing West to Preservation Plaza.

“Matthew West is extremely well known and loved. So much of his music he performs and the music he writes for others is being well received in the Christian music world. His name recognition is pretty high,” said Dave Van Kley, the conference pastor. “We thought that a concert featuring him would appeal to a broad range of people.”

Bringing one of the conference’s concerts to Preservation Plaza was actually a byproduct of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We were looking for ways to do what we typically do and we decided to try something at the green space. It’s beautiful there and its outside and draws a great crowd,” Van Kley said. “It seemed to draw a crowd beyond our typical conference attendees and we saw it as a means of blessing the community. We decided to continue to host a concert in that community space that is much more open to everyone — where the conference has always strove to be that as well — but this space is known for great concerts for everyone.”

The Okoboji Bible Conference teamed up with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lakefield, MN, to bring West to Okoboji, but it’s not his first time in N’West Iowa.

“I had a chance to see him a few years ago at RiseFest and he brings joy and energy with his great music. He can really engage his audience and has a great presence,” Van Kley said. “I think it’s going to be a really good night.”