**PraiseFest 2021 Postponed**
After careful consideration, for the safety of our community and those involved, and the time needed to properly plan this event, we have decided to postpone this event until June 2022. 

PraiseFest is a nondenominational event open to the public providing a Christian-based atmosphere for the community to come together to “Praise As One”. The FREE event includes live Christian-based music, games and crafts, concessions and plenty of fellowship. PraiseFest 2019 was held August 3, 2019 at the Memorial Park in Shawano. A beautiful blend of Christian music was provided by local praise bands and groups: St. James Praise Team, Messengers of the Way, Thurmont Ridge, Hope Community Church, Morgan-Assembly of God, Paul Spiegel, Goldee’s Oldies, Revised Edition, Westerfeld Trio, Twin Praise, Bethlehem, Faith Hope & Harmony, Oneida Hymn Singers, Christian Dance Company, and First Presbyterian Church. Fun was had with the dunk tank, bounce house, variety of games and crafts and all enjoyed delicious food from the concession stand. Any proceeds made from the event is donated back into surrounding communities. Through the generosity of our attendees, St. James Lutheran Church and congregational members, raffles, sponsorship, and donations, the event in 2019 was able to raise funds of $5,120.00. The proceeds this year benefited SAM25 and Northeast Wisconsin Old Glory Honor Flight.
Past year's donations were made to SAM25 and Shawano Humane Society. PraiseFest 2019 was the 3rd event planned by a planning work-group from St. James. PraiseFest is held every two years and the planning work-group hopes more churches will be interested in joining in. Discussions are continuing on hosting PraiseFest 2021. If you have any ideas or suggestions or would like to join in on the planning, contact St. James Lutheran Church at 715-524-4185 and indicate your interest.

Proceeds from 2019 benefited SAM25 and the Northeast Wisconsin Old Glory Honor Flight.

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