Going on Faith

Spring 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ goingonfaith.com ] 29 [ CREATION NORTHWEST ] KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON Thousands of candles fill everyone's field of vision for a powerful sym- bolic moment when participants hear the words "You are the light of the world." The candle-lighting service at Creation Northwest creates a seem- ing "city set on a hill" when all artificial lights turn off so that the only illumination comes from attendees' tiny candles. This spectacle often becomes participants' favorite moment of the four-day festival. Each year at the end of July, thousands gather at the Benton County Fairgrounds to listen to top Christian artists, with genres ranging from country to indie and hip hop. Organizers have already announced part of the music lineup for this year, including Skillet, Relient K, Family Force 5 and Bread of Stone. Groups not only choose which bands' acts to attend, but they can also choose their other activities, such as baptisms, a community Communion ceremony, dance par- ties, an extreme sports show and the Creation Art Gallery. WHILE YOU'RE THERE: The Tri-Cities consist of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland. Riverfront parks and 67 miles of paved pedestrian and bike trails wind their way through the three cities. The Sacagawea Heritage Trail is one of the most popular trails, since it connects the three cities' waterfront parks with interpretive signs along the way that explain the area's historic and natural heritage, such as its importance on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the nearby Columbia, Yakima and Snake rivers, which all offer boating and river cruising. Many groups also like the J&S Dreamland Express, which features an open-air, multicar train ride through Kennewick's Columbia Park. www.creationfest.com/nw [ LIFEST ] OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN What began as a simple 5K run to raise money to teach youth about God's love has developed into one of the largest Christian music festivals in the coun- try. Life Promotions started Lifest in 1990 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, but music didn't enter the picture until 1999. Now, the four-day July event draws about 20,000 attendees daily to listen to the festival's 100 artists on six stages. The Wisconsin festival showcases the talents of Christian music's top billboard artists, such as Newsboys, Michael W. Smith, Matt Maher and Hawk Nelson. Inspirational speakers, comedians and prayer leaders also fill the festivals stages throughout the event. Instead of limiting the experience to passive listening, groups can stay active participating in the event's 5K run, art workshop, sports activities and inflatable games. A new photo scavenger hunt lets groups hunt for photos of a variety of items with a chance to win a meet-and-greet session with one of the headliners that night. WHILE YOU'RE THERE: A collection of more than 200 historic airplanes highlights the marvels of the golden age of aviation at the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh. The 1,600-acre museum illustrates the impressive evolution of aviation technology with full-size aircrafts, art galleries and interactive exhibits. The city also boasts several other museums, historic homes, art galler- ies and shopping opportunities. For an overview of the area, the Oshkosh Public Museum delves into the heritage of the Lake Winnebago region of Wisconsin with interactive exhibits. Guests can imagine themselves a Civil War soldier, a Wisconsin logger and other former Oshkosh citizens at various exhibits. www.lifest.com Endless shopping, dining and nightlife options 15+ facilities with unique, affordable meeting space Fun options for group activities and team building Make the Fox Cities your next meeting destination! Enjoy the big city amenities and small town charm that our 20 communities along the shores of Lake Winnebago and the Fox River have to offer: • An exceptional visitor experience for groups of 10 to 2,500 • Safe, walkable communities • Flexible, affordable meeting spaces • Free bureau services We invite your group to COME TOGETHER IN THE FOX CITIES. Begin your planning at FoxCities.org COME TOGETHER I N T H E F OX C I T I E S GET SOCIAL!

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