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RezFest attracts Crossroads Christian music fans (w/video)

By Elena Watts
April 12, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated April 12, 2014 at 11:13 p.m.

Eddie and Maggie Cantu, of Corpus Christi, applaud at the end of Restored in Christ's set from under their umbrella during RezFest at Son Valley Ranch on Saturday. The couple made the drive up to Victoria to see headliner Jeremy Camp.

Four young women from Goliad explored the grounds of Son Valley Ranch on Saturday afternoon as they eagerly awaited Jeremy Camp's performance at RezFest in Victoria.

The Christian concert is a celebration of Christ's resurrection and the Holy Week of Easter, said Glen Dry, event coordinator.

"People are reminded that Easter is not just about eggs," Dry said. "It's about the resurrection of Christ, His life and His love."

Nine artists and speakers, including Camp, Adam Cappa and Ross King, performed on two stages before thousands of fans at the fifth annual music festival. This was the inaugural year for Victoria to host the event, which was in Edna in past years.

"We purchased Son Valley Ranch, so we were able to bring the event home to Victoria this year," Dry said.

April Alex, 16; Hannah Kremling, 15; GraceAnn Howe, 16; and Amber Zieschang, 17, are Christian music enthusiasts from Goliad.

While this was their first trip to RezFest, they have attended other Christian concerts, including musical performances at their summer camp, Zephyr Baptist Encampment in Sandia.

"I like Jeremy Camp because he is so devout about what he believes, truly loves God and wants to pronounce it to the world with his talent," Hannah said. "This is a gorgeous place - a fishing pond is the coolest thing I've ever seen in a church."

Music can have a strong effect on people's lives, Dry said. Christian music has meaning that can move people in purposeful directions, and there is not a lot of that around, he added.

"By surrounding ourselves with people who have morals and faith, it stimulates our own," Hannah said. "It gets hard when you're around people who do not share your same values."

RezFest and the Sportsman's Church, which is also at Son Valley Ranch, attract more people than traditional churches, said Stephen Argubright, co-owner of Warrior Supply, which was an event sponsor.

"People can have preconceived notions about church that turn them off," he said. "The freedom of the open-air church breaks down those walls."

Argubright said he thanks God that Dry has the vision to share Son Valley Ranch with the people of Victoria.

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