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The original contemporary Christian music festival, Ichthus, returns to central Kentucky

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Stu Johnson
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Ichthus Festival Organizer Joe Lycan

The Ichthus Christian Music Festival returns this weekend just outside Wilmore for year two of a relaunch. The event started in 1970 and was the first Contemporary Christian music festival. It went silent in 2016. West Virginian owners of the Servant Heart Farm, Joe and Cheryl Lycan brought it back last September. Joe Lycan says music is a universal language that stirs the hearts of men and women.

“It is a wonderful tool to bring people together in fellowship for a unifying cause and our cause at Ichthus is to promote Christ and help our fellow man,” said Lycan.

Lycan said the festival is partnering with Campbellsville University in putting on the one-day event. Lycan added it takes a lot of people to put this together.

“We’ve had volunteers working for months, coordinating light plants, port a potties, sound systems, volunteers. Volunteers to help on stage, including people. Giving them an opportunity to be a part of the Ichthus movement,” said Lycan.

The music begins at noon Saturday. Lycan says the lineup is a varied mix of bands and various genres. The headliners are Devin Williams, Seventh Time Down, and Sanctus Real.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 30 years.
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