The fourth annual Extreme 3:16 Youth Rally will kick off on Friday, Sept. 11 and run through Saturday, Sept. 12.
The free two-day event will feature all of the entertainment and activities that have kept visitors coming back each year, plus some new additions for 2015.
With music, entertainers, a variety of speakers, free food and games, and now lots of great door prize items, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
“We’ve added some great door prizes this year,” said co-founder Dennis Jaggers.
Prizes will be given away to visitors throughout the event, and the list includes items such as four free meals and coffee at Huddle House, lunch for two, a two-night stay at Pine Tree Resort, a photo shoot, Merle Norman gift certificates, 4 Seasons Nails certificates, CD’s, books and lots more.
The festivities are open to everyone. Friday’s schedule begins at 4 p.m. and includes music from Shawn Whitley, Restored By Grace, Leslie Rafferty and Downs Project, and the Crosspoint Praise Team as well as a performance by Hands in Motion and speakers from Grayson County EMS, Kentucky State Police, and Leitchfield Police Department. Also, a message will be brought by Bro. Billy Curle.
Saturday’s activities start at 11 a.m. with volleyball and cornhole tournaments, and will continue on throughout the day with music from Crosswalk the band, Restored by Grace, Radical Remnant, The Shine Effect and Driven.
Entertainment will also be provided by Hands in Motion, Omega Force, Redeemed Dance Team and Northside Drama Team. Visits will also be made by emergency helicopters from Air Methods and AirEvac as well as K9 Search and Rescue, Leitchfield Fire Department with the Jaws of Life, and Kentucky State Police with their drug trailer and car displays.
Speakers on Saturday will include Sheriff Norman Chaffins and Adam Hill.
A free meal will be served at 4 p.m. including pulled pork, hot dogs, hamburgers, and chili. Free hot dogs and drinks will be served throughout the day.
Last year’s rally drew around 500 visitors, according to Jaggers, who said he is expecting the number to increase significantly this time around.
“We’re expecting more, and hoping for 1,000,” Jaggers said.
Jaggers put together the previous three rallies along with his wife, Pam, and brother-in-law Steve Mahurin. The core group of organizers has received help from a number of local churches, civic groups and businesses who have volunteered to help with the planning and execution of the event in addition to donating funds to cover the entire weekend.
This year, Grayson County Tourism joined in and gave a hefty donation of $1,000 toward the event.
“Anyone who wants to come is invited, and everything is free,” Jaggers said.
Jaggers explained that his desire for reaching people through this event sprang from his own turbulent past. “If I could show one person to not have to go through what I’ve been through, it would be worth it,” he explained.
“The main focus is to show our youth how to live a drug-free life through Jesus Christ and for our local community churches to come together,” Jaggers said. “We can work together. Our kids watch us and what we do, and they’re going to follow. We need to be a good example and work together.”
Jaggers said that his co-organizer, Steve Mahurin also overcame a difficult past, gave his life to Christ and now been preaching for the last eight years.
The group hopes that they can reach out to others through this event to help them avoid or overcome the pitfalls that they, themselves have faced.
For additional information, contact the rally’s organizers at 270-287-3531 or 270-879-6417.
Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.