Hope Tent Expecting Large Crowds at Spiedie Fest

By WBNG News

Hope Tent Expecting Large Crowds at Spiedie Fest

July 19, 2011 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 10:41 AM EST

Dickinson, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) -- Hope Tent organizers are again expecting large crowds during this year's Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally from August 5-7 at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton.

Throughout the entire weekend, visitors can receive complimentary coffee and cookies. Also featured at the Hope Tent will be air-conditioned restrooms and a baby changing area, which has a private area for nursing mothers. The Family Life Network Kids Tent will be open all weekend and have free face & hair painting, balloons and carnival games with prizes.

On Friday, August 5, the Hope Tent is introducing Converge180, an event comprised of activities targeting youth grades 6-12. Also on August 5, the Hope Tent is being remade into a “chill spot” for teenagers with couches, foosball and billiards for free, said Keli Cooper of the Hope Tent.

“We also have body zorbing,” Cooper said of the game where teens will compete against one another from inside a large plastic bubble.

Local bands Reason Fail and performer Jay Carlisle will be on the Hope Tent stage, as well as area favorite, Transition Records recording artist, Cry of the Scapegoat. Fresh from Kingdom Bound at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, will be an Extreme Sports Ministry called Enemy Opposition who will be performing on skate boards, bikes and rollerblades. Free prize giveaways, including an ipad, will be featured throughout the evening. Expect the Hope Tent to be transformed back into an area for all ages on Saturday and Sunday!

On Saturday, August 6, a breakfast is offered with the Veggie Tale Characters in the Spiedie Fest VIP area. Tickets are $20 through www.fln.org (click on tickets) and include breakfast, a Spiedie Fest button and photo opportunity with Bob and Larry. The Veggie Tale characters will be making scheduled appearances free of charge at the Hope Tent throughout the remainder of the weekend. There will be a Spirit Idol Competition from 12:15-2 p.m. and local Christian bands and entertainment will be on the Hope Tent Stage all day.

Hope Tent will have a community-wide Church Service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday , August 7 on the Main Stage. Two-time Grammy nominee and American Idol Season Five Finalist, Mandisa, will be in concert on the Main Stage at 1:30pm, followed up with a meet and greet opportunity at the Hope Tent.

Admission buttons for all three days can be purchased at various locations, including Wendy’s, Wegmans, Weis Markets, Cost Cutters and the Oakdale Mall and only until 6 p.m. on Aug. 5.

Tickets for one day only are $8 at the gate and do not include concert admission. Children 7 and under get in free. Buttons are not available at the gate and are required for all concerts and meet and greets, regardless of age.