RAPID CITY, S.D. — Christian bands and sunny day vibes — all half of the Hills Alive Festival that introduced households from Rapid City and guests from across the U.S.
Since 1985, the competition has highlighted some of essentially the most noteworthy Christian bands.
“We prefer to seize the bands which might be truly the very best bands within the enterprise,” mentioned Jamie Johnson, this system director for the KSLT Radio Station. “If it’s of their schedule and so they can come, we e book them.”
Organizers predict round 60,000 individuals at Hills Alive.
But the ambiance of the occasion doesn’t cease with the songs. Organizers say it brings individuals collectively, who’ve tales of hardship that present hope.
“They can wander in from any course and listen to someone with a narrative of hope, a message that there might be pleasure, that there might be mild at the top of a tunnel and I believe that’s what that is all about,” mentioned Tim Stuen of KSLT.
Those in attendance are capable of benefit from the music and a higher message.
It’s the primary time for some, like Lauren McNabb of Indianapolis, Indiana, who got here together with her aunt, Barbara LaPlante of Eagle Butte, South Dakota.
“She’s been speaking about it for thus lengthy, so I made a decision to return,” McNabb mentioned.
Jon Harris and his household from Montana made the journey as much as the Mount Rushmore state.
“You know, it lastly labored out for everyone to return at the identical time — have identified about it for fairly some time,” Harris mentioned. “I simply by no means made it down right here. I’m fairly excited.”
But individuals like LaPlante haven’t missed the occasion in years — protecting a practice and love of worship alive.
“So, I’ve been coming for 20-plus years — nearly 30 — however with my very own children and youth group,” she mentioned. “Everything right here is like, good, you already know.”
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