Thousands of people have begun their Labor Day weekend pilgrimage to a farm field south of Sioux Falls. The LifeLight Christian music festival runs through Sunday, east of the town of Worthing.
The hot weather isn't keeping people from enjoying an evening of free music at LifeLight. Organizers expect crowds in excess of 100-thousand people. A handful of them braved the midday heat to pick out a place to sit, hours before the music began. You might call it a quest for the LifeLight "sweet spot."
Brian and Peggy Meyer have discovered their Goldilocks spot at the LifeLight concert grounds. A place that's not too close, and not too far from the Main Stage. A location that's just right.
"We got the big jumbo screen over there, we're looking at that, yet we can still see the stuff on the stage. Close to the aisle, so we can get out if we have to. This will all fill up, packed tight with people," Brian Meyer said.
This is the seventh LifeLight concert for the Clara City, Minnesota couple. Even in the heat, they've got the acoustics down cold.
"Sometimes, the closer you are to the stage, sometimes that isn't as good because it's getting projected behind you. So, if you go too close, the sound is actually a little bit better farther out," Peggy Meyer said.
Farther back from the Meyers' preferred LifeLight vantage sits a refuge in case it gets too hot: a tent that offers plenty of shade, even if it's more removed from the music.
"And we'll be able to hear it good back there too, just to get out of the sun for a while. It's a good place to be. There will be some good people hanging around in the back. You get to meet people that are not out front, so it's kind of fun," Brian Meyer said.
The Meyers say there's really no bad seat anywhere. But it's important for them to find a spot hours ahead of the rest of the festival-goers. The Bible says "many who are first shall be last." But at LifeLight, the first shall have a blast.
One more reason the Meyers say you don't want too be near to the stage, the people standing up in front might block your view. They Meyers also have strategically easy access to the vendors who are selling plenty of water and lemonade to keep the concert-goers cool.