A few cell phone pics and a quick highlights video from my weekend with family and friends at Hills Alive 2009.

I’ve always tried to volunteer and serve in some shape or form at the annual festival – especially since it’s “gone free”.  But, this year I ended up getting to bus around one of my favorite rock bands, Skillet, and their crew.  This, of course, was more of a treat than a task, but hopefully served well.  I don’t want to give away details for the band’s sake, but here’s a pic I snapped of some of the tech guys up at Mount Rushmore.  Fun times! (click pics for full view)…

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Of course, if you know me, I was following all the tweets this weekend through a Tweetdeck stream I had set up to follow the #HillsAlive hashtag and any tweets containing “Hills Alive”.  The stream never stopped moving all weekend long.  Wow!  Here’s what it looked like on my desktop…

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Duckman seen walking the festival grounds on Saturday afternoon…

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This is the view from where our family landed the chairs on Saturday…

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The Afters played a great set — very impressed with their live sound…

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Kutless rocked out, warming up the stage just before Skillet…

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Who is this eating a fudge bar and the remains of a chocolate cream pie at the Shoup after-party back at the house?  Any guesses?

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Sunday early afternoon — after church — was spent out in Summerset with family.  We had hamburgers off the grill — YUM!  We went into town and hit the festival at about 3:30 pm.  I went directly to a special youth workers meet-up / Q&A time with Casting Crowns.  Here’s a pic of the band chatting and taking pics with area leaders…

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Clouds loomed and rain threatened Sunday afternoon crowds, but never really came in full force…

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Sunday evening was more of a family night.  I stayed back in the chairs and watched the girls play…

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Kella attacks with balloon sword in hand…

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Long, but fast-moving lines extended from both sides of the porta-potties…

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And finally, here’s a recap video from the whole weekend…

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Shawn Michael

Husband, father, musician, pastor, Internet junkie, and Foursquare District NextGen Rep for the Gateway District