31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD

By Herb Ryan

The 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park in Rapid City was a hub of activity when I arrives at 5:00 pm saturday afternoon. Finding parking was difficult, but that was a good thing for the event.  At 5:20, a light rain started falling and the event safety crew cancelled all live shows on both stages. Those that could, found shelter. Around 5:30, a strong wind whipped through the festival grounds upsetting tents and blowing over displays. God’s wrath, hardly, just the usual South Dakota Black Hills weather. I left the event at 6:00 pm and the weather started to brighten as more people arrived for the evenings entertainment. The event offered a chance to connect to a christian faith through prayer and community with a prayer tent where people will pray with you, or just take your time for quiet reflection. For the second year in a row a Water Baptism was offered in Memorial Lake.

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Lydecker Bass player does his best Gene Simmons as lead singer Dewey Lydecker rips it at the 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD (not pictured is drummer Chris Scooter) Photo: Herb Ryan/ Custer free Press

 

 

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Dewey Lydecker plays to a packed crowd under a vendor tent as the rains pours down at the 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Wind damage at the 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Vendors scramble to secure their tents as high winds whip through Memorial Park saturday at the 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

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