The wording at the top of the web page simply reads ‘Ichthus Ministries closes its doors after 42 years.’ The message popped up on the internet Saturday. It means that apparently the long running Christian Music Festival has run its course. Since 2006 the organization based in Wilmore has faced significant financial challenges. Those included declining attendance, mounting debt, market changes, and adverse weather conditions.
An increasing number of music festivals have been established in other parts of the country. Ichthus was the first Christian Music festival, started in 1970.