LifeLight, the non-profit ministry based in Sioux Falls, S.D., that hosts the largest free Christian music festival in America is coming to the largest state in continental America. LifeLight has announced it will hold a Memorial Day weekend free Christian music festival at Willowood Ranch near Sherman.
The mission of LifeLight ministry, as stated on its website is "Taking the church outside the walls, bringing Light into the darkness with the life changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ." The original South Dakota Festival is the largest and most well-known event of the ministry. Beginning on a church lawn as a one-night event in 1998 it has since grown to become one of the nation’s largest music festivals.
"Held annually on Labor Day weekend in Sioux Falls it attracts hundreds of thousands visitors," said Julie Klinger, LifeLight Festival Director who was in town working with Anna resident Ann Goade, the Texas Festival Coordinator. "For a first-time event here in Texas we are hoping for to see 10,000 people each day."
"It was a two year project to get here to Texas," continued Klinger. "We went to the community where we wanted to bring our message, met with several churches in Sherman, looked for business and community support, and needed to find on-the-ground people here."
Enter Goade. "When I found out that the festival was going to be in Sherman I signed up and started organizing volunteers," said Goade. "And from small roles I wound up with the big one as the festival coordinator."
The festival needs 500 to 600 volunteers with more than 200 already lined up. Volunteers are still needed, and for those that did not sign up on-line "just show up at the festival and we’ll sign you up," said Goade.
The three day festival begins on Friday, May 24 and will be held on 350 acres of the beautiful Willowood Ranch between Sherman and Bells. It will feature bands and performers from around the globe on four stages. There also will be speakers, plenty of food, merchandise tents, skateboarding, the arts and plenty of room for camping.
"There will something for everyone — young and old," said Goade.
To get to the festival from Sherman go east on TX 56E, which is E. Lamar St., continue on TX 56E for 6.7 miles and then turn right onto Pink Hill Rd.