Newsboys, TobyMac, Third Day headline 4th annual Spirit West Coast lineup


DEL MAR, Calif. — As Spirit West Coast-Del Mar heads into its final two months of preparation, organizers are still seeking volunteers for a host of jobs from traffic and crowd control to ushers and video techs.

The festival, in its fourth year, will run May 25 to 27 at the Del Mar fairgrounds.

In the meantime, tickets are already on sale for the three-day concert which welcomes headliners newsboys, tobyMac, after a two-year hiatus, and Third Day, which last appeared in Del Mar in 2005.

For the first time in Del Mar, the festival is offering advance reserved grandstand seats for $7 a day.  The price is in addition to the admission cost.  Nearly 15 percent of the festival seating will be available as part of this advance upgrade.

Other music acts on the calendar are Hawk Nelson, Delirious?, Todd Agnew, Salvador, BarlowGirl, Disciple, Leeland, MxPx, Starfield, Worth Dying For, Aaron Shust, Thousand Foot, Krutch, Stellar Kart, Family Force 5, Britt Nicole, Casting Pearls, Kutless, Seventh Day Slumber, Krystal Meyers, Jessie Daniels and Group 1 Crew.

Non-musical guests will include illusionist Brock Gill and comedian Bob Smiley.

Scheduled speakers include Bob Lenz, Josh McDowell, local pastor Miles McPherson, Crystal Mille, Mark Mittelberg, Kerri Pomarolli, Phil Joel and Brad Duncan.

Also returning to the festival will be Team Faith, a group of freestyle motorcycle riders, after appearances in 2004 and 2005.

Adventure lovers will have a few treats of their own, as the festival will provide several fun-loving sporting-type activities, including free basketball.  In addition, games and activity vendors will provide about a dozen attractions, priced on a per-use basis.  Inflatable games, a mechanical bull, bungee trampoline, and rock-climbing walls are on the menu.

Extreme sportsters should enjoy Spirit West Coast's free interactive Skate Park with what organizers describe as the largest fun box on the West Coast.  The 10,000-square-foot park area includes a euro bump, grind rail and attachable hips.  Quarter pipes, flat rails, bank ramps and a pyramid with a ledge are featured.  Professional skaters from "Team Glory" will also be on hand.

A signature feature of the event Kids Kingdom and Veggie Land will also return. Open until 5 p.m. each day, the children's area will offer a variety of activities, including train rides, a petting zoo, clowns, bounce houses, crafts, games, puppet shows, face painting, entertaining shows and concerts.

Those scheduled to appear in the children's zones are Strongman Jon Pritikin, Jesus Rocks! Puppet Ministry, Mark Thompson and the Repair Shop. Bob and Larry from VeggieTales!, will also be in attendance.

In between concerts and workshops, festivalgoers can shop in the mammoth vending hall, featuring more than 100 vendors offering a wide range of Christian-themed merchandise and ministries.

On-site camping starts at $95 and accommodations are available for recreational vehicles.

Three-day wristbands are $100 for adults, $50 for juniors 6 to 12, if purchased by March 30.  After that, the tickets are $110 and $55, until the May 18 advance deadline. Gate tickets are $115 and $65.  Children 5 and under are admitted free.  Group discounts are available.

Single-day wristbands are $50 for adults and $47 for juniors through May 18.  The gate price will be $57 and 37, respectively.

Tickets may be purchased by phone, fax and Internet.

The box office is open from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays and can reached by calling (831) 443-5399.

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