Crowds continue to jam out at the Hills Alive summer music festival

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The free summer music festival "Hills Alive" continues with more food and music on Saturday.

Black Hills FOX Reporter Katrina Lim shows us how visitors were jamming out on this hot day.

Thousands of people gathered at Memorial Park in Rapid City for the Hills Alive.

One event coordinator says nearly 70,000 people come to the festival over the course of the weekend.

Kids Zone Event Coordinator Cindy Peterson says, "We're excited about this festival that comes every year here to the Black Hills downtown to Memorial Park. We have a lot of great things going on for kids and families here in the park. It's hot, but we're here because we love Jesus and we're excited about some free music and free entertainment - lots of vending stuff going on that we can enjoy and experience."

Twelve bands played music for enormous crowds.

And one attendee drove from North Dakota with her staff to enjoy the festivities.

Hills Alive Attendee Torrin Poss says, "There's nowhere else in North Dakota or South Dakota that has a free concert like this and nowhere else really that brings out Christian artists. I kind of feel like, I don't know, sometimes, they aren't such headliner concerts so towns aren't more likely to get them."

Besides listening to uplifting music, people could also grab a bite to eat, kayak on the water, and bounce on the inflatables in the Kids Zone.

Peterson says the Fun Zone registers nearly 4,000 kids every year.

Cindy Peterson says, "Here in the Kids Zone, we have a couple new pieces of equipment here. We always try to rotate and keep it new. Keep it fresh. Keep it cutting-edge for the kids that come back year after year. We see kids grow up here at Hills Alive and so we like to make it fun and exciting with new things all the time. So yes, there are some new pieces of inflatable that have not been here before."

Torrin says if you haven't been to Hills Alive yet, you need to make time for it.

Torrin Poss says, "The feeling that you get while watching these bands and the opportunity to see so many people freely worship God outside is just incredible."

The Hills Alive will conclude on Sunday at Memorial Park.

The first band plays at noon and the last band plays at seven.