MADISON, Wis. - Brat Fest introduced a new element to this year's festival, allowing the first-ever worship service to take place on a stage designated especially for Christian music.
"It was a lifetime event for me. I've been at a lot of events but never at a food festival with a church service, " said Pastor Harvey Carey, the speaker at the service.
Carey traveled from Detroit to lead the morning service and share a message he hopes will reach beyond the religious community.
"Beyond the church community being here, the idea that others that are not in the Christian community who might be curious (and) might want to find out what it's all about," Carey said. "To me it was a perfect opportunity for those individuals who may never hear Jesus or the scriptures to hear it."
This is not the first time Brat Fest has welcomed a faith-based artist to perform on stage. However, organizers of the festival said this year's addition of a worship service, added another opportunity for people to participate in the festival.
"If you want to go to church, or have a service on a Sunday, its an offering that we have. It's not necessarily a part of Brat Fest. Brat Fest opens up at 10. So it's not something you have to come to, or you accidentally walk by. You have to choose to go to it," Brat Fest organizer Tim Metcalfe said.
Charles Fisel, who brought his family to the service, said he is thankful to have his faith represented at such a public event.
"Every other organization is out here doing their thing to bring about change, why shouldn't the church (do that ) here? It's just great to see our faith allowed to be out in the open," Fiesel said.
Metcalfe estimated around 1,000 people came out to the early morning service. Due to the positive response, Metcalfe said the festival could potentially continue the worship service in the future.
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