Proposed RiseFest stage

Early rendering of the proposed RiseFest stage. The final version will be different.

SHELDON—Rob Roozeboom, president and founder of Rise Ministries, remains humbled by the tremendous support Sheldon has for the RiseFest.

The Sheldon Board of Adjustment approved a request on Thursday, Feb. 27, from Roozeboom to erect a permanent stage at the RiseFest grounds on Sheldon’s east side where the annual two-day Christian music festival is held.

Roozeboom said he is “extremely excited” about this project.

“This has been a dream for a couple of years so it will be really exciting to see it come to fruition,” he said. “Our entire goal is to have this up and erected by RiseFest 2020. So there’s some excitement in the air.”

The stage is estimated to cost $500,000, is 41-feet high and will occupy 4,000 square feet, according to the board of adjustment packet.

Construction is slated to start May 1 — maybe sooner depending on weather — and be completed June 15, which is four days before RiseFest 2020 is set to begin.

The project was made possible by the support of Lary Rosenboom of Sheldon and his family, who have been huge benefactors for Rise Ministries and RiseFest.

Last year, the family acquired the 33.5-acre plot of land for $607,186 on behalf of Rise Ministries. The space had been RiseFest’s temporary home since 2014.

Rosenboom, founder of the Sheldon-based custom hydraulic cylinder manufacturer coined after his surname, told the board of adjustment why he is such a staunch advocate for RiseFest.

“It’s a really a good thing for Sheldon — probably one of the better things that are going — we’d like to think that RiseFest brings a lot of people to Sheldon and that visibility is good for Sheldon, good for us employers,” he said.

“People come to look at our town and we got a lot to offer here — especially in the last few years — Sheldon has picked up a momentum that we haven’t had for a long time.”