Hope Fest: Prescott-grown community outreach event

Although known largely as a faith-based and recovery-oriented event, Hope Fest actually is that and “so much more,” says the event’s co-founder Jaye Lene Long.

The fifth annual Hope Fest will take to the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza this weekend, and Long says it will bring together as many as 300 organizations.

Illustrating the variety: Hope Fest features everything from flu shots to veterans’ services to musical performances to food vendors to a Fun Zone for kids.

The event, which is free to the public, will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and run through 8 p.m. at the courthouse plaza in downtown Prescott.

Three stages will be on hand, featuring a number of performances. Headliner Todd Agnew, a contemporary Christian musician, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Other performers include singer-songwriters Mia Koehne and Skylar Kaylyn, Covenant 31, The Billy Spoon Band, Skylee Shea, and Christian artist Brian Weaver.

Hope Fest bills itself as an “outreach festival,” and a “resource fair,” and Long says one of its goals is collaboration.

“It’s a huge Prescott-grown community outreach that brings together every pillar of the community,” she said.

A news release for the event states that more than 150 vendor booths will be on hand “with information about veterans’ services, health, housing, recovery, education, family resources, senior options, adoption, foster care jobs, volunteer opportunities, and first responders.”