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Christian Life's community celebration turns 10

Saturday's festivities will include the dedication of a new playground, the tallest in the south metro according to Christian Life.

When Christian Life Church held its first Life Fest 10 years ago, it was a small community event. There was food. There were inflatable games for the kids. It was a fun opportunity for the church to invite the community in for an afternoon.

Funny the way little things can grow when you give them a decade.

Christian Life pastor Kent Boyum figures there were about 600 people, including volunteers, at that first Life Fest. Last year there were about 2,200. This year, the event has gotten big enough that the church has moved parking to the Farmington High School lot across Highway 50 and will run three shuttle buses to carry people back and forth.

This year's event, scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, will feature a car show, a radio-controlled airplane show and entertainment for parents, teens and younger children.

The event grew naturally. The car show was added because one of the church's members has classic cars and enjoys attending shows. The event grew from about 20 cars the first year it was held to 137 last year. Boyum believes there will be even more this year.

The RC airplane show started last year with a church member who is a member of an RC club.

"Last year we had a spectacular air show," Boyum said. "That became a highlight."

Putting it all together is a lot of work, but Boyum said the event has become an important activity at Christian Life.

"It's the kind of thing where everybody can get involved doing something. It just builds great team spirit," said Boyum, who brought the idea to Christian Life from a training class for pastors. "Our goal is to just bless the community. That's number one. But secondly, I wanted an activity in the church where absolutely everybody would serve together. All ages."

This year's event will also feature the dedication of a new playground structure at the church and school. At nearly 27 feet, the playground, part of a larger renovation behind the school, is touted as tallest play structure in the south metro.

Boyum said the church got the structure, originally priced at $133,000, for $87,000.

"I hope a lot of kids are going to enjoy it," he said. "Frankly, a lot of the adults are enjoying going up there."

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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