Christian music festival brings 3,000 to Norwalk

Christian crooner Colton Dixon performed at the 2016 Connection Music Festival in Norwalk.

NORWALK — More than 3,000 people attended the third annual Connection Music Festival here Saturday, a turnout festival organizers attribute to the power of prayer, the help of 200 volunteers and the presence of well-known artists, including headliner Colton Dixon.

Bringing the festival to Norwalk was the brainchild of Crossroads Church Pastor Glen Blumer, who said he had a vision after witnessing the success of Lifelight Music Festival at his former church in South Dakota.

Lifelight is now a two-day festival that attracts more than 300,000 attendees and brings an estimated $10 million annual economic boost to the area. Saturday’s Connection Music Festival was presented in partnership with Lifelight Communications Inc.

“I am so grateful to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make Connection Music Festival such a huge success,” said Blumer.  “And I’d like to give a special shout out to festival directors Mike and Dawn Mouw for their tireless efforts. Crossroads Church has the mission of ‘Reaching the Disconnected and Growing the Connected’ for the glory of Jesus. We witnessed the reality of that happening at this year’s festival.”

Crossroads Church served as the festival’s venue.

“We’re excited to be back with Glen and the church here,” said Julie Klinger, vice president of festival events with Lifelight Communications. “For Lifelight, it’s about sharing what we know and helping other people start events like Lifelight because we want the gospel to go out all over the world.”

For more information about Connection Music Festival or to volunteer or donate for next year’s event, visit their website.

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