Register artist Mark Marturello visited the Iowa State Fairgrounds in east Des Moines on Aug. 10, 2018. His sketchbook from the fair, animated here, appears in the Aug. 19, 2018 Register.


The Iowa State Fair has announced its first Grandstand act for next year's fair.

Bethel Music, a Christian organization that grew from a local church music ministry into a global organization, is bringing its artists and musical prowess to the 2020 fair.

The music label and ministry originated out of Bethel Church in Redding, California, and started making music in 2001. As the ministry gained in popularity, it turned from a local group into a global collective made up of different singers, songwriters and ministry leaders. 

Bethel Music is known for some popular hits breaking into Billboard's top Christian charts with songs like "Raise a Hallelujah and "You Make me Brave."

This will be the group's first performance at the Iowa State Fair.

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