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A commitment to faith

Families gathered and people of all ages danced at the 17th annual Praise in the Mountains concert in Penn Valley over the weekend, the longest-running free, Christian concert in California.

Mild weather, jump houses for children and prizes including $1,000 in cash helped draw a crowd to Western Gateway Park’s amphitheater to hear gospel, country, rock and even blues ” all with worshipful themes.

Between sets of bands including the Rhythm Riders from Auburn, Crossroads Praise and soloist Lou Ann Lee, performers with Teen Challengers put on skits that portrayed the themes that cause teenagers to struggle with their spirituality, such as the lure of drugs and money.



Those who felt moved by the message were invited to commit their lives to faith and be baptized in the swimming hole at nearby Squirrel Creek.

The event was started by Dennis Hulbert, formerly of Grass Valley, who also started the Christian blues band Machaira, one of the concert headliners.




“Our number one goal with this event is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Hulbert said. “We also hope to join churches together in one event and create unity between the different church bodies.”


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