Cornerstone 1997: Overview

Well, where should I begin? In case you were wondering, Cornerstone is a Christian arts and music festival every year during the 4th of July weekend in Bushnell, Illinois. 150 or so Christian bands from all sorts of genres, seminars on a wide variety of topics, speakers, art exhibits, and fellowship draw about 20,000 people or so annually to this small Illinois town. This year, it drew myself and 8 of my friends.

I’m not going to bore you with the entire trip, with all of the little details. I’m not going to give you an hour by hour breakdown of our trip. Rather, I thought I’d give you some of my impressions about the festival, as well as some the highlights for me. If you want to know all of the gritty, juicy details, e‑mail me and I’ll tell you more than you want to know.

Basically, we left from Lincoln, Nebraska around 12:30 or 1:00 on Monday, June 30 and arrived in Bushnell at about 10:30 that same night. After quickly setting up camp, we hit the hay. Since the festival didn’t start until Wednesday, we had basically had all of Tuesday to goof off. I spent most of the day reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, trying to stay cool, or looking for my friends from the Velvet Empire.

I finally hooked up with them on Wednesday, and the rest of the festival was spent just hanging out and having fun with them. They were some of the coolest people I met.

In my opinion, that was the coolest thing of the fest. The bands were great and wonderful, but by the time the fest was done, I was so tired and run down that I couldn’t get into the shows. Having really bad allergies didn’t help with that, either. But, I got to meet so many wonderful people. That was probably the greatest thing of the fest, for me.


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