We were blessed at Joyful Noise 2016
Two full days of family fun was exactly what we had at Joyful Noise 2016. I was amazed our kids could sleep at all the night before we left because they were so excited. When I tucked them in for the night all three were talking about the songs the Newsboys were going to perform and asking me if Chris Tomlin would sing the “Angel Army” song.
Friday morning we piled into our van and headed for Twin Cities area. We drove to our hotel, checked in, and explored the lower level and the poolroom. I promised the kids we would swim in the morning and we were off to the National Sport Center in Blaine, MN for the Joyful Noise Event.
We met up with my two sisters and friends from our church. We parked and quickly ate a quick picnic supper before we went into the event.
It had begun to drizzle when we parked the car, but even the rain could not dampen our excitement. We put our cell phone number on our kid’s event bracelets, and gave them instructions in case they got separated from us. With sweatshirts and raincoats on, we headed for the entrance gate to the event.
The gate workers were efficient, polite, and welcoming. A precursor to the kind of politeness we would experience throughout the whole event.
We quickly found a spot to set up our lawn chairs and blankets, it was close enough so we could see the stage, but far enough away the kids did not need to put their ear protectors on.
Cotton candy had been on the kid’s radar the minute they saw people walking around the stadium with the biggest stick of delicious goodness they had ever seen. With money in their pockets, we held hands and made our way to the Cotton Candy food vendor. Lydia, Maddie, Naomi and Titus were not disappointed. It was definitely a highlight of the event.
Josh Wilson, Francesca Battistelli, and the Newsboys put on shows that had everyone in the whole family singing, dancing, and jumping up and down. It was an amazing night of worship, fun, and fellowship. Francesca sang three of my favorite songs (they are on my running song list on my iphone): I’m letting Go, Free to Be Me, and It’s Your Life.
When the Newsboys took the stage our kids were jumping up and down, clapping, and cheering. They sang along to each and every song. When they sang the last song, the crowd cheered so loudly they came back on for an encore and ended the night with, “God’s Not Dead.” Which of course had the crowd of 18,000 people cheering even louder.
You might find yourself asking, is Saturday as great as Friday at this event? KTIS 98.5, successfully brings a family fun filled day each and every year. They have a football size field filled with bounce houses of all kinds, face painting, and this year they had a trampoline jumpy our kids had a blast on. From 10am to 6pm kids and adults can play to their hearts content.
In the evening the headliners began performing. First up was Meredith Andrews, followed by Matt Maher, then David Crowder and last but certainly not least, Chris Tomlin.
Each and every one of the bands was fantastic. We cheered, sang, and worshipped to all of our favorite songs. Perhaps my favorite thing about the whole event is how peaceful and encouraging the atmosphere is. You would think 18,000 people would be chaotic and overwhelming. Honestly, it’s not overwhelming at all. When someone would bump into me or vise versa we were quick to apologize and quick to forgive. Long lines were no problem; we all patiently waited our turn. Leaving the event on Friday evening there was a mass amount of people leaving the Sport Center at one time and while it was congested and busy, it was peaceful and organized without any pushing.
If you have not been to this event before I would highly suggest you take your family. It is worth the time and money to attend this event. I encourage you to get in on the early bird tickets, which go on sale around Thanksgiving. They begin to announce the performers by the end of fall.
To see this years Joyful Noise information visit their website here.
We cannot wait until Joyful Noise 2017! We hope to see you there next year!