Hallapalooza Saturday finale draws thousands

It was a community event that culminated a week-long summer adventure for Wilson County youth and their parents sponsored by First Baptist Church. Hallapalooza's finale took place on the church campus Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Prior to this event, the church had a week...
Jul 28, 2013
 Photo: Laurie Everett • Mt. Juliet News

Avery Harris, 5, and Olivia McCallister, 10, get their faces painted at Hallapalooza Saturday night. 
 Photo: Laurie Everett • Mt. Juliet News

Nashville's Dim City Lights Christian pop band performs at Hallapalooza. 

It was a community event that culminated a week-long summer adventure for Wilson County youth and their parents sponsored by First Baptist Church.

Hallapalooza's finale took place on the church campus Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Prior to this event, the church had a week's worth of events for the community's children and parents that took place at Charlie Daniels Park each evening.

There were plenty of activities for children and adults alike, ranging from Bible stories and related activities to serious discussions for the adults about how to

integrate Christ in their daily lives.

Church officials estimate more than a thousand showed up for Saturday night's event. They converged on the church campus to eat hotdogs, listen to music from Nashville's Dim City Lights, decorate cupcakes, and talk with area

law enforcement officials.

"It was well attended," said FBC Discipleship Pastor Terry Carver. "They came in and out. The open house was a great success. I think we had several people attend Sunday morning worship services who were new."

There were many inflatable jumpy structures that were popular.

"Of course the food was good," Carver said of the free hotdogs, drinks and chips. "And, the children loved seeing the mounted deputies and being able to go into a police car."

Mark Burnette was there with his 8 year old daughter Carine, who attends Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.

"We are very optimistic about this event," he said. "We hope people will see what's going on and stop by and join the fun."

Carver said the main point of the evening was to "bless" local students before they start school. At the end of the evening all the families gathered for a universal blessing.

"Our main emphasis was to bless the students as they prepare to go back into session," said Carver.

They plan to have the event again next year "even bigger and better."

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