FaithFest 2020 at Wilkes Community College has been cancelled, festival director Craig Church said Tuesday in a video announcement.

Church said that due to state and local government restrictions, “an event like FaithFest, as big as FaithFest is, is going to be virtually impossible to have live as normal.”

He said the decision to cancel this year’s FaithFest, which was scheduled Aug. 29, was made last week after festival committee members met with WCC representatives.

“I don’t look at this as a setback. I look at this as a setup for God to do more and more through FaithFest in the future,” said Church, a fulltime missionary evangelist with North Wilkesboro-based Craig Church Ministries.

Online events will replace the Christian music festival, said Church. He said these virtual events may involve new artists. No other details were released Tuesday.

Church asked fans who had planned to buy tickets for this year’s festival to instead consider donating the cost of tickets to FaithFest. Details are at faithfestnc.com/support.

Church said all of the artists scheduled to perform on Aug. 29 will hopefully be part of the 2021 lineup. This year’s main stage artists were Jeremy Camp, Big Daddy Weave, Sidewalk Prophets, We the Kingdom and Jason Crabb.

He said FaithFest 2021 will be another one-day event, but the 2022 festival is tentatively planned to be a two-day event.

Participation at last year’s FaithFest was estimated at 20,000, the largest of the three years it has been held. All three were at the college.

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