By T.J. Armstrong
The muggy months of summer have finally returned and in the midst of the heat, Joyful Noise 2017 kicked off the season with an enjoyable weekend.
The Christian music festival ran June 9 and 10 at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Through the festival, Joyful Noise and radio station 98.5 KTIS collaborate to complete their mission to lead people to Christ in a fun atmosphere. With people of all ages attending, Joyful Noise is a family friendly environment.
Fans of all ages could be seen weaving their way through the crowds to see their favorite artists up close. Successful Christian bands such as Switchfoot, Tenth Avenue North, For King & Country, Big Daddy Weave and many more made an appearance on center stage.
With a heat index of 90 degrees during both days of the festival, free water and misting stations were scattered throughout the grounds. The fire department also lent a hand, allowing children to stand in front of their fire truck to be dowsed by the cool water from the fire hose.
Despite scorching temperatures, people did not shy away from the heat as more than 18,000 people attended on both days.
Aside from music, Joyful Noise supplied a variety of inflatable bouncy houses, slides and castles to entertain children and adults alike.
A number of local and popular food vendors were stationed at the festival. Participants could enjoy freshly squeezed lemonade, fruit smoothies, Mexican corn- on-the-cob, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and plenty more to re-energize throughout the day.
Joyful Noise is funded by a variety of sponsors such as Union Gospel Mission, Tree House, MN Teen Challenge and others. All the proceeds donated are used to help the less fortunate and even to sponsor children in other countries to be properly clothed and fed.