Proposed RiseFest stage

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

SHELDON—Rise Ministries secured a permanent home in Sheldon last year for its annual two-day RiseFest Christian music event and now the faith-based nonprofit hopes to drastically improve the space.

Rise has a pending request with the Sheldon Board of Adjustment to approve construction of a permanent stage at the RiseFest grounds on Sheldon’s east side.

Lary Rosenboom of Sheldon and his family acquired the 33.5-acre plot of land for $607,186 on behalf of Rise. The space had been the festival’s temporary home since 2014

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

If approved when the board meets Thursday, Feb. 27, construction would start May 1 — maybe sooner depending on weather — and be completed June 15, which is four days before RiseFest 2020 is set to begin.

Rob Roozeboom, founder and president of Rise Ministries, noted his enthusiasm for the project, but does want not to discuss it in detail yet since it still needs to be approved.

“We are very excited to work on this project and we are hoping that meeting on the 27th is good and that everything moves forward,” he said.

“We feel blessed that if the project is able to go, it’ll be a huge asset for us and for the community.”

Because of where it is located, the board of adjustment has to approve a variance for the stage’s height. The former crop ground where it is located is in an ag zoning district, which has a height limit of 35 feet.

Furthermore, the project had to get approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.

In a Feb. 14 letter addressed to Sheldon Public Works director Todd Uhl, the FAA said the stage’s height would not be a hazard to air navigation.

The stage is not the only update on RiseFest 2020, which will be held Friday-Saturday, June 19-20.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the festival announced Jason Gray would be returning to the stage. The Minnesota native last played RiseFest in 2015 and will perform on the second day of RiseFest 2020.

Gray is a contemporary-Christian singer/songwriter and was won two American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers awards for performance.

Additionally, he’s had multiple projects listed on Billboard’s Christian music charts.

Gray joins other announced acts for this year’s festival such as Newsboys United, Jeremy Camp, Big Daddy Weave, Matthew West and Unspoken.