Atwood Lake Park preparing for Alive Festival in June 2010

January 8, 2010

Atwood Lake Park certainly will be "Alive" with activity this June.


More than 20,000 people from around the United States and Canada are expected to descend on the park for the four-day Alive Festival, a contemporary Christian music event boasting some of the nation’s top performers. An impressive roster of more than 50 artists and speakers will take part in Alive 2010, the 23rd Annual Alive Festival scheduled June 23-26, including Toby Mac, Chris Tomlin, Skillet, Steven Curtis Chapman and more than 45 others.


A complete lineup of performers and speakers, as well as early discount ticket information and details about camping, electric sites for recreational vehicles and motor homes, as well as other overnight stay options, is available at the Alive Festival website at, or by calling (330) 966-0023.


Alive 2010 will be the first year that the Alive Festival will be held at Atwood Lake Park. In 2009, Alive officials and the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) signed a 10-year agreement to host the festival at Atwood Lake Park beginning in 2010. The MWCD operates the park – which has more than 600 permanent campsites along with cabins, a swimming beach, hiking trails and activities all summer long – that is located along Atwood Lake in Carroll and Tuscarawas counties.


“The Alive Festival is now in its 23rd year of presenting the best contemporary Christian music performers and speakers for church groups, youth groups and families,” said Bill Graening, Alive Festival director. “We are eagerly anticipating the 2010 festival at beautiful and expansive Atwood Lake Park as the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in the festival’s history for our participants, vendors and festival guests.”


A secluded 7-acre natural grass amphitheater inside the park is being prepared for the festival. The area includes development of a large stage area for the 40-by-70-foot temporary stage, roof and structure for the two giant 15-by-20-foot video walls. Space also is being prepared for the various food vendors and other vendors that take part in the event. Graening said nearly 10,000 people are expected to camp at the park during the festival, while others will stay in the region’s hotels, motels and other lodging options.


The area’s overnight lodging destinations and tourism agencies have cooperated with Alive Festival officials in promoting the event.


“The economic benefits to the region from a tourism perspective that will be created by the Alive Festival will be enormous,” said Dee Grossman, executive director of the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “When you consider that many people attending the performances and events associated with the festival will be spending at least one and possibly several nights in the area, and that in addition to the ticket prices, each attendee will be purchasing meals, gas, souvenirs and other items, the impact will be a wonderful – and much needed – boost to the economy.


“We also believe that once new visitors see what is available here, they will come back; and as returning visitors see additions to our tourism product, they will plan future visits as well.”


Work at the festival site inside Atwood Lake Park began during 2009 and will resume in time to be completed for Alive 2010, said Scott Barnhart, MWCD’s chief of recreation.


“The Alive Festival will be one of state’s top summer-time attractions and to see the site coming together is very exciting for not only the MWCD and the Alive Festival organizers, but also for the festival’s fans,” Barnhart said. “There certainly is a sense of anticipation as we prepare for the 2010 festival.”


MWCD and Alive Festival staff members also have been working on and developing strategies to address numerous other items related to the upcoming festival, including traffic flow, safety planning, information services and more, Barnhart said.


“Since the Alive Festival has more than 20 years worth of managing successful events, we have worked closely with its staff to identify areas of concern and planning that we must address for the 2010 event,” Barnhart said. “We believe that by working on these items well in advance of the festival, we can alleviate concerns and produce a family-friendly atmosphere and an event with many positive memories for festival performers and guests.”


Festival fans can purchase tickets and reserve camping sites through the Alive website, Graening said. Other acts already scheduled to perform at Alive 2010 include Relient K, David Crowder Band, Family Force 5, Brandon Heath, Mark Schultz, Rebecca St. James, Disciple, Tim Hawkins and David Nasser. A full schedule and updates are posted to as new and returning performers are scheduled for Alive 2010, Graening said.


“Atwood Lake Park offers a beautiful location for the Alive Festival and our performers and other participants will be impressed with the facilities there and the entire park and lake,” Graening said. “I believe that for everyone associated with the Alive Festival – from the artists and speakers as well as the festival’s staff and attendees – this will be a highly anticipated week each summer.”


The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Basin, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the reservoirs (including Atwood Lake) and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving more than $7 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government.


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