Fun games, live music and a Christian atmosphere brought out hundreds of area pre-teens and teenagers to The Old Frontier near Thomson last Saturday.
The theme of last weekend's event was known as EMU-Fest - a time to rejoice with the Lord in a non-denominational setting, according to Chris Smith, who serves as president of the board of directors of The Old Frontier."This was about Jesus Christ," said Mr. Smith. "We wanted to get as many young people to come out as we could from a number of middle and high schools from Thomson, Warrenton, Wrens, Harlem and Grovetown."
He explained that 3,000 flyers were sent to area middle and high schools to draw as many students as possible to the event. Those attending were treated to free fun-filled games, as well as food and cold drinks.
"The event was specially done with this particular age group of kids in mind," said Mr. Smith. "I think everybody really enjoyed themselves."
He estimated that 300 to 400 students attended the event, which began at 3 p.m. and went through late Saturday.
Some of the activities included three-way volleyball, where as many as six teams could play at once. Other fun events included a slip-n-slide, an inflatable moon walk and horseback riding.
"Jesus gave us a vision to spread: It's the hope and love of Jesus Christ," said Mr. Smith. "We try to do that with any event that we hold here at The Old Frontier. It's all about trying to reach one more for Jesus Christ."
He pointed out that since The Old Frontier's founding, a number of young people have turned their lives around and been saved by God.
"We rejoice when young people are saved by Jesus Christ," added Mr. Smith, noting he simply is trying to be obedient to what the Lord has asked of him. The same is true of others involved in the non-profit organization.
Mr. Smith said he wished to thank all of those who have been so helpful in providing assorted food, drinks and other items that helped make the event as successful as it turned out.
"I can't name all of them, because there are so many of them and I would not like to leave anybody out," said Mr. Smith. "We really appreciate what people do to help us in the various events that are held at The Old Frontier."
Watching young people gather at The Old Frontier "is truly a blessing," said Mr. Smith.
Young and old alike seemed to enjoy the variety of Christian music that was provided by four different live bands. The bands included: The Nate Barbour Band of Augusta, The Damascus Road Band from Grace Community Church of Thomson, Five O'Clock Shadow of Thomson and Slant from First Baptist Church of Thomson.