A vivacious 3 1/2-year-old girl was having the time of her life as she jumped on a trampoline as her mother, Lisa Sealy, watched from a short distance away.
The trampoline jump was part of a host of fun children's activities during Sunday's Family Faith Festival.
The first three festivals were held on the hot asphalt of School Street and adjoining streets, but this time, it was held on the lush, shaded lawn on the west side of Hutchins Street Square.
"So far I like it," Sealey said as her daughter got off the trampoline. "It's a nice day to come out."
It took at least an hour to walk around to all the display booths that adorned the square. The Christian-based festival featured several bounce houses sponsored by different churches. There was also an Orbitron, a ride that spins children 360 degrees upside down and sideways, and separate face painting booths by Lodi's First Baptist Church and Vineyard Church Middle School.
Vinewood Community Church had children throw a football into a target for the chance to win a prize. At another booth, small children threw a ball, trying to aim into a circle with words like "patience," "joy," "love," "peace," "gentleness," "goodness," "kindness," "faithfulness" and "self-control."
The Lodi-based Beth Hallel Messianic Fellowship demonstrated the same lively dancing that is performed during services.
The star attraction was Avalon, a contemporary Christian band that performed Friday at Arco Arena in Sacramento. The air was filled with balloons saying "Jesus loves you."
Some of the more unusual booths were by God's Door Keepers, a Modesto group that says it reaches 2.2 million prison inmates; and two similar groups, the Christian Motorcyclists Association and Outreach Ministries, a group of Christian bikers.
Although it's doubtful that too many of the thousands of attendees were bikers, Robert Evans of Lodi said that his Christian Motorcyclists Association mixed in well with the more mainstream organizations represented at the festival.
The Christian bikers enticed people to their booths by allowing visitors to have their picture taken on a motorcycle. They also gave out crumpled red rags for your car or bike, except that they have a Christian message on them.
At the booth next door, Outreach Ministries promoted His Place, a food distribution warehouse planned at Victor and Bruella roads, and Father's House, a re-entry home for Christian men coming out of prison. Plans are to open Father's House in the fall on Liberty Road in Acampo.
Outside the Beth Hallel booth, Messianic Jews, who describe themselves as both Jews and Christians, had a fun time dancing for spectators.
Dennis Peck, an active Beth Hallel member, said some traditional Christians have questioned why members would dance, especially during a service.
"It's been real good this year," Peck said. "Very good conversations."
Galt was represented by World Vision, which is sponsoring an AIDS eradication program in the small African nation of Lesotho. Nine Galt churches are teaming up to seek sponsors for individual children in the impoverished African nation.
Contact reporter Ross Farrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.