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Palmer Gulch – Faith Weekend

September 13, 2013

Where do you find entertainment for all ages, beautiful Black Hills scenery, and spiritual inspiration all at one place? – At Palmer Gulch in late August! The 2nd annual Faith Weekend on August 23-25 was a weekend of sun, fun, and great entertainment. The weekend was crammed with family-friendly activities and concerts, and even our four-legged friends seemed to have a jolly good time!

Friday night started off with some great music. Local band Hill City Slickers started jammin’ at 6 p.m. on the KOA Stage, and with their witty lyrics and great humor they enchanted the audience and set the mood for a great weekend. Following the concert, an inflatable screen featured the movie ‘Courageous’. People gathered on blankets and enjoyed the cool August night under the starry sky – it was simply perfect!

Saturday sure was a day devoted to the children. The family hike and the fishing derby were great opportunities for families to enjoy the awe-inspiring Black Hills nature together. The hot weather called for a lot of snow cone consumption as well as splashes in the pool. Other activities included a multitude of bouncy castles, mini golfing, waterslides, and much more. The booths where the kids could have their faces painted, tie dye custom t-shirts, and coloring were also very popular.

The Saturday funtivities continued with a series of great concerts featuring Jeremy Sanoski, Spearfish based Chasynn Canaan, Go Fish, and Mark Schultz. The performances were a huge success, and people brought out their tents, lawn chairs, and sun shades so they could enjoy the music without getting burned by the sun. Chasynn Canaan is a young, hip, Christian band that entertains the crowds with their up tempo, rockin’ tunes, and the audience definitely showed their appreciation.

Go Fish was undoubtedly the kids’ favorite act. With their fun costumes, pyrotechnics, exploding confetti, and cool lights they were a huge hit! Their crowd interaction was greatly appreciated; one of the highlights was when they had volunteer children enter the stage to perform a dance routine to one of their songs.  The big headline of Saturday night was national recording artist Mark Schultz. With the weather cooling down and the gigantic mountain range as backdrop, his concert topped the night off perfectly.

The weekend ended with the Summershine Worship Service at the KOA stage on Sunday morning where inspiring messages were shared and new friendships were made.

Faith Weekend is a great event for the entire family. Visitors came from all over the Midwest region to enjoy inspiring music, nature, camping, and family-friendly activities. If you happened to miss it this year, be sure to mark your calendars for August 2014!


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