Behind the backdrop of rows of motorcycles, the laughter of children filled the air on Memorial Day weekend in Elizabethtown. 

For the second straight year, Southeast Christian Church’s Elizabethtown Campus hosted the Kid Zone during the BBQ, Blues & Bikes Festival in downtown Elizabethtown.

“We’re so grateful the city invited us in to partner with them to love on our community,” said Elizabethtown Campus Community Pastor Chris Garrett. “City officials, kids and others would come up to let us know they were so thankful. It was a great win for us to connect with the leadership of our community.”

Nearly 30,000 people attended the event Saturday, May 25.

The free festival featured blues acts, classic and new motorcycles, a motorcycle ride to benefit The Crusade for Children, a burnout contest and a variety of food vendors.

Sixty Southeast volunteers served hundreds of children in the Kid Zone, a play area which included inflatables, a cooling area, games, face painting, a photo area and a dunk tank.

“We served hundreds of kids and adults that came up to our area,” Garrett said. “Someone asked one of our volunteers why we were at this event. She said, ‘It’s because God loves us, so we love others.’ They responded that it was cool they chose to spend their Memorial Day weekend serving the community in the heat. They then exchanged information to invite her to our church.”

The Kid Zone was a simple way to build bridges between the community and the church. Volunteers struck up conversations with families who came to the Kid Zone.

“Elizabethtown and the surrounding communities are full of broken homes, incarcerations, drug addictions and other struggles. Those that came to the festival are within striking distance of us, and it’s a way to meet and invite them to Southeast, where, hopefully, they can meet Christ,” Garrett added. “That’s why we do this.”