Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - Updated: 8:52 AM
HR Ministries is taking advantage of the 2017 eclipse to spiritually connect with guests during next year's SolQuest.
Planned events for the three day weekend include a 5K run, festival activities and worship opportunities. Harold Riley, HR Ministries director, said they are stilling seeking volunteers as they hope to bring the gospel to as many as 10,000 guests at the event site in Cerulean.
A planning meeting for volunteers will be held Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Princeton-Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce Building.
Riley was one of several guests in attendance recently during a planning meeting for Lyon County officials.
"This is a huge event, and it ought to be handled as an opportunity to bring people back on a regular basis," Riley said. "We've never seen this many people come. We're presenting a three day festival at the edge of Christian and Caldwell counties on 75 acres."
Plans include 150 primitive campsites offered at no charge for campers. Mobile shower units have already been ordered. Guest speakers and entertainment is being planned, centering around a spiritual message. Riley said guests will range from speakers with Ravi Zacharias Ministries to NASA.
Riley is seeking churches to serve as housing sites for mission and ministry teams volunteering at the event.
"We are expecting at least 300 volunteers from other states to come and participate," Riley said. "They will be starting the week before and following through the week after."
A prayer tent has been erected at the event site, 14405 Princeton Rd. in Cerulean.