RiseFest stage construction

Construction continues on the new permanent RiseFest stage in Sheldon. RiseFest retained most of this year’s acts despite a date change.

SHELDON—Despite moving weekends due to the coronavirus pandemic, RiseFest was able to retain most of the previously announced acts for this year’s edition of the two-day Christian music festival held on Sheldon’s east side.

“It’s taken us a while to get here, but we’re excited to announce: Newsboys United, Jeremy Camp, Big Daddy Weave, Unspoken and Jason Gray are all coming to RiseFest 2020.” said Rob Roozeboom, president and founder of Rise Ministries of Sheldon, which puts on the show.

“We feel so blessed to have the majority of our lineup still with us! We can’t wait to celebrate hope with you on Labor Day weekend!”

RiseFest 2020 originally was scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 19-20. Tickets purchased for the original dates still will be valid.

The new Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-5, date coincides with Sheldon Celebration Days, the community’s annual Labor Day weekend event.

If a person who purchased tickets for RiseFest 2020 is unable to attend due to the date change, those tickets will be accepted for next year’s festival.

Matthew West was the only previously scheduled artist unable to play the rescheduled dates. The four-time Grammy-nominated artist played RiseFest in 2013 and 2015

One new act announced for this year is Cade Thompson, a Sioux Falls, SD, native. Thompson is no stranger to the RiseFest stage.

“He’s been with us over the last couple of years, and recently just joined us on the National Day of Prayer,” Roozeboom said.

“He’s such an inspiration, and I love his humble heart. If you haven’t heard his single, ‘Provider,’ I highly recommend you check it out.”

Besides the new date, RiseFest 2020 also will be the first one in which artists play on the event’s permanent stage which is in the midst of being built. The $500,000 stage is 41-feet high and will occupy 4,000 square feet.