River City Brass Band headlined the entertainment for the day, and they didn’t disappoint. The world-renowned group put on an excellent show of big band standards and classics. The acts that followed, ComboNation and The Chiodi Trio, put on great shows as well, with jazz and bluegrass sets.
The worship service kicked off with a special choir of Concordia employees and residents singing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Special guest preacher Rev. Dr. Jamison Hardy gave a dynamic message, as expected. Pastor Hardy, who is the current President and Bishop of the LCMS English District, is a former Concordia Board Member – so he knows our organization as well as anyone! After the service, Concordia President and CEO Keith Frndak gave a quick “State of Concordia” update to those in attendance and asked the longest-tenured festival-goers to stand up… several were at their 75th or 80th straight festival!
A couple hundred kids enjoyed their free food, the fishing derby and other activities we had for them (bounce castle, face painting, games, crafts, relay race and more). Speaking of food, the chicken and brisket were in such high demand that we couldn’t even keep up!
Special thanks to all of our guests, volunteers and staff for a wonderful day! To keep up with what’s happening at Concordia, click here to join our e-mail list or visit the Events & News page of our website.