Churches from 10 denominations in Hudsonville, Mich., united to hold a gigantic vacation Bible school at the local fairgrounds that drew 800 children. Included were five Christian Reformed churches: Bauer, Beaverdam, Georgetown, Messiah, and Hillcrest.
Leaders wanted a neutral setting to appeal to families intimidated by a church. Children met in the fairground’s arena for group singing and Bible lessons, then separated into small groups. Activities included field games, art and science projects, and outdoor skills.
Security guards in bright red shirts constantly monitored the children’s safety. The fire and sheriff departments directed traffic.