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The Big Ticket Festival, an annual outdoor Christian musical festival in northern Michigan, will celebrate their 15th anniversary this year with Concordia University Ann Arbor as the premiere sponsor.

The Big Ticket Festival is a multi-day, faith-based music festival normally held each June in Gaylord, Michigan. The board and festival leadership decided to delay the 2020 festival to Labor Day weekend—September 4-6, 2020—because of COVID-19 limitations.

“It’s exciting for us as Concordians to partner with the ministry of the Big Ticket Festival. We’re really excited about what’s coming up,” said Vice President of Administration Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson in a June 2nd interview with the President of Big Ticket Festival Drew Spanding.

Watch Peterson and Spanding in a spirited interview here as they talk about the festival, the partnership, and the mission of Concordia. Click here to watch or listen.

“You guys standing behind us and sticking with us when we moved the date to Labor Day, in that moment, you guys ministered to us in a way that was huge to our little organization,” said Spanding in the interview.

Spanding shares the the festival will be taking all of the precautions necessary to keep attendees safe.

“We look forward to supporting the mission of gathering the tribes, giving the Glory to God through worship and music,” said Peterson.

Click here to learn more about Concordia University Ann Arbor. Click here to learn more about the 2020 Big Ticket Festival, September 4-6 in Gaylord, Michigan.

— Rachel Thoms served on Concordia University's Strategic Communications team from 2015-2022. Any inquiries about this story can be sent to

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