Thousands ignored the reading of "hot!" on the temperature gauge on Saturday and came out to participate in and show support for the third annual Family Faith Festival held in downtown Lodi.
To an uninformed observer, Saturday's downtown activities may have appeared to be just another street fair. Kids were playing on inflatable playgrounds, booths and vendors lined the streets, and thousands mulled around from venue to venue. But the atmosphere of the festival -- the music playing, the puppet shows, the materials at the booths -- eventually give it away. There is a distinctively religious theme.