The first-ever Creation Festival tour came to a close this past weekend after hitting more than 30 cities across the Northeast, Midwest and South.
Patterned after the Creation Festival, the nation's largest Christian music festival, the tour featured some of the top names in Christian music as well as local outreach.
"What an incredible opportunity to be a part of this tour," exclaimed Joel Bruyere of Thousand Foot Krutch earlier this month.
"The sense of community, enjoying each and every set (that I get time to watch), Bob [Lenz]'s intense message, executed with prose and perfection, and the chance to meet and hang with new faces. I know a lot of the blogs have touch on these points," he wrote on the special blog for Creation Fest. "I just can't help but agree with them."
Over the past three decades, the Creation Festival has grown to become the largest event of its kind, adding a second event on the west coast in 1998. In 2005, Creation branched out internationally, giving birth to the Friendship Fest in the Muslim country of Morocco and later to festivals in Canada, Iceland, Switzerland, and France.
In 2008, the plan for the 30+ city "Creation Festival: The Tour" was launched to allow fans across the country to experience a taste of the annual 4-day events held in June and July in one night of music, teaching and fun.
In addition to the music, national speaker Bob Lenz, founder and president of Life! Promotions, shared the gospel each night, with Pastor Harry Thomas, Creation Festival director and co-founder, and Teen Mania's founder, Ron Luce, also joining the tour on select dates.
The tour also presented an opportunity for believers to impact the local community through outreach. Each city partnered with a local ministry, such as a food bank or clothing drop, and attendees were asked to bring a can of food, thick socks or a warm blanket to donate to the cause.
"The center purpose and mission of what we do at the Creation Festivals and now thru this tour is to give 'Tribute to our Creator,'" explained Nick Kulb, executive producer of the tour, in a statement.
This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Creation Festival, which began at Muddy Run Park in southern Lancaster County, Pa.
Next year, the 12th annual Creation Festival Northwest will be held July 22-25 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash. The 31st annual Creation Festival Northeast will be held June 24-27 at the Agape Farm in Mount Union, Pa. "Creation Festival: The Worship Tour," featuring Australia-based Hillsong, is tentatively scheduled for April 2009.