Rev your engines and head to Valparaiso, as this week’s Summer Fest will offer classic cars, entertainment and an opportunity to give back to the community.
Heartland Community Church is hosting the three-day event, June 19, 20 and 22, that will include a car and bike show, food and music. Proceeds raised will go toward supporting charities, said Pastor Jason Oxendine of Heartland Community Church.
“This event just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” he said. “We support several charities and proceeds from the event will go to them.”
The festival will kick off with a Jason Crabb concert at 7 p.m. June 19 at Heartland Christian Center, 170 Ind. 49, Valparaiso. Crabb is a Christian music singer who has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, and was part of the Rev. Billy Graham’s farewell crusade in New York City. The Grammy-nominated and 17-time Dove Award winner is also a published author of inspirational and children’s books.
Tickets range from $15 to $25 and are available online at hcc3d.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the concert will go toward Feed the Children, an organization that works to ensure no child or family goes to bed hungry. According to the organization, 1 in 5 children will face hunger this summer.
Summer Fest will continue June 20 with a performance by comedian Lee McBride at 7 p.m. at the Valparaiso Central Park Plaza, 68 Lafayette St. Admission is free, and visitors should bring their own blankets or lawn chairs.
“He’s a very hilarious comedian, and the performance will be family-friendly,” Oxendine said.
Rounding out the festival will be a day-long event at the church that will feature a car and bike show. Between 100 and 120 cars and motorcycles are expected, with registration for the show running between 9 and 11 a.m. Admission to the car and bike show is free. To register a vehicle, the cost is $20.
“We’ll have late model cars to new cars and motorcycles,” he said. “We’ve had a Model T here before as well, which was really exciting.”
At 10:30 a.m., the church will host a worship service open to the public, followed by food, activities and awards for the car and bike show that include “Top 15 bikes,” “Top 30 cars,” “Best in show” for the top car and top bike, and a “Pastor’s Choice.”
“After the church service, we’ll have a barbecue pit that includes chicken and all the fixings, as well as a dessert auction,” Oxendine said.
Admission to Sunday’s festival is free, and Oxendine says he expects between 2,000 and 3,000 to attend. Other attractions include vendors, games and a bounce house for kids, and the festival is expected to wrap up mid- to late-afternoon Sunday, he said.
Any proceeds raised over the course of the three-day festival will go toward local charities, including The Women’s Center of Northwest Indiana, Indiana Teen Challenge, New Creation Men’s Shelter and Frontline Foundations, Inc.
“Our heart is to reach our community – to let people know we are here,” Oxendine said.
For more information, call (219) 462-4500 or go to hcc3d.com/summerfest.