LifeLight to end Worthing festival, shifting focus to Sioux Falls

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - LifeLight made a major announcement Thursday.

The Christian organization will no longer host it's three-day music festival in Worthing.

LifeLight just sent a letter out to its thousands of volunteers and supporters, letting them know about their new partnership with other local ministries called Sioux Falls Serves, shifting their focus from a farm in Worthing to the heart of the city.

"So at 19 years, 20th anniversary, we feel called to go back into our city and love on the city of Sioux Falls," said founder Alan Greene.

Over the years, LifeLight has hosted music festivals at four different locations, but for the past seven years they've transformed a Worthing farm into a mini-city during the Labor Day weekend festival.

"The festival has gotten, frankly it's gotten harder to fund, most years we're short and yet our vendors have been very very patient with us over the years in paying the bills," Greene said.

So Greene and other organizers searched for a new way to better use their ministry dollars while still reaching those in need.

"The homeless and homeless children in public school and the human trafficking, and people who need food and clothing, we're partnering with these other ministries to reach those people within our city, launching what we call 60 days to unite a city,," Greene said.

LifeLight says its new focus will be on serving people in Sioux Falls throughout the year, but they do still plan to incorporate music and a family festival over Labor Day weekend with their new partnership called CityFest.

They plan to announce bands and a location for this event in the coming weeks.

The LifeLight festival attracted roughly 130,000 people every year, generating an estimated $53 million in tourism for South Dakota.