PraiseFest tests Stetson Bowl as concert site Saturday

CLOVERDALE – The Stetson Bowl hasn’t played host to many concerts over the years, so this weekend’s PraiseFest is a bit of a test run for the venue.Up to 10,000 people could fill the rodeo facility at Cloverdale Fairgrounds for the faith-based event on Saturday (Aug. 1), with Toby Mac, Peter Furler, Dan Bremnes and others hitting the two stages.The $28-a-ticket festival is brought to Surrey by Washington State-based concert producer Lowell MacGregor."It’s going to be a big event, and what it’s going to do, in my belief, is kind of reinvent theStetson Bowl," he said."I don’t think the general populace in that area really knows what the Stetson Bowl is," MacGregor added, "and that’s been one of my uphill battles, to educate people about what it is. The way I look at that facility is, it’s going to be a great place to hold this concert, and we just have to get one of these under our belts to showpeople that it will be a real showplace."The Stetson Bowl is capable of holding close to 10,000 people, with around 4,200 of those seated in the grandstands.Caretakers of Cloverdale Fairgrounds will film and photograph PraiseFest as part of efforts to showcase the Stetson Bowl to event planners."We want to tell people that yes, you can do this and this and that on our fairgrounds," said Mike MacSorley, the facility’s GM.In addition to music, PraiseFest will feature a petting zoo, rides, bounce houses, exhibits and, as MacGregor put it, "because it’s faith-based, we’ll have pastors on stage sharing gospel between sets, as a bit of cement to tie it all together…. If you’re a believer, it will be the place to be that day."For more event details and tickets, call 1-855-443-8499 or visit Praisefestbc.com.tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com