LifeLight: Festival Likely To Relocate
September 8, 2009, 5:51 PM
The days of holding the LifeLight Music Festival at Wild Water West in Sioux Falls are most likely over. The event's president says only a miracle would allow it to stay at that location due to high operating costs and a growing need for more space. But organizers have a lot of factors to consider in moving the music festival to a new place.
LifeLight's concert stages are on their annual trek away from the Wild Water West grounds. But this time, the move is a likely permanent one.
"It's a transition for us," LifeLight President Alan Greene said.
Now that the concerts are over, organizers are quickly looking for a new venue.
"We think we're moving from a local-regional ministry to more of a national-international ministry, and lots of businesses and ministries move when they get to that point," Greene said.
Greene says there are about three or four plots of land in Sioux Falls that could accommodate the need for 200 acres.
"We would like to keep it here, close to Sioux Falls, as close as we can," Greene said.
But they're also considering offers from other cities, all while looking for a space to call their own. LifeLight is looking to own the land where they'll hold next year's festival and beyond. That's so they can hold more events year-round at the same place.
"Our ideal vision, big vision, big dream for years is to have a place for ongoing youth camps, family camps, missions training, individualism training, and so forth," Greene said.
The board will continue to keep in mind how well surrounding restaurants and hotels can accommodate those events in addition to the big festival.
And they're optimistic that although it's anyone's guess of where the show will be, the show will still go on.
Greene's not worried about a move hurting attendance because he says two-thirds of the crowd comes from outside of Sioux Falls.
The event's board will meet in a few weeks to talk about moving options.
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