LifeLight Christian music festival moves to new location

It was announced yesterday that the LifeLight outdoor Christian music festival, one of the largest events of its kind in the nation, will move 10 miles south of Sioux Falls to a rural Worthing farm. The new site, at 220 acres, is 60 acres bigger than the former site near Wild Water West in Sioux Falls.

Festival organizers had been looking for a new home because of the enormous size of the crowds at the festival, which has drawn around 300,000 people over the course of its three-day run. LifeLight has apparently been granted permission to use the rural Worthing farm site by its owners, the Pederson family, whose patriarch died a year ago.

My favorite quote from all of the media coverage of the move is the following one from Alan Greene, CEO and co-founder of LifeLight, as reported by the Argus Leader:

"We feel like this is a permanent new home. Evelyn Pederson said we can use the land until Jesus comes back, so we feel good about that timeline."

You can read the rest of the Argus story by clicking here.

The 2010 LifeLight Festival is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-5. Click here to see LifeLight’s Web site.

To watch a video of the press conference about the move, click play below.

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspapers Contest. Seth’s day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota’s state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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