Pentecostals make Lufkin an annual tradition

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Neese - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Every year thousands of people flood into Deep East Texas for the Texas District Family Campmeeting on the Pentecostal Campground in Lufkin.

Rev. Mike LaBrie says 5,000 people are expected to fill the campground by Friday.

"We have some 300 churches across Texas that this is their main camp of the year. They come here for great spiritual uplifting, a great time of worship," said LaBrie.

"I've been coming to Texas Family Campmeeting ever since I was born. My family has brought me here, I've been raised in the church, so for 29 years, basically every summer that we had the opportunity we would come to Texas Family Campmeeting," said Chad Mooney.

Others have been coming since they were born and now, they're bringing their own families.

"I brought my own fifth wheel. Me and my wife are coming and we are now expecting also now our first child. So, we're all coming," said Mooney.

They come here to worship together, but they say it's also a family reunion.

"It is kind of like seeing your long, lost brother, some of them. What's really neat is we went to youth camp with a lot of these friends growing up," said Mooney.

People come from across the state to spend part of their summer in Lufkin.

"We have met other places, but we own this campground here and we have a pretty nice facility here and we enjoy coming here because it's just like going home," said LaBrie.

"So out of all the places, yes Lufkin, it's hard to believe, has a special place in our heart," said Mooney.

Labrie says the event is free and open to the public. This year they also have kids camp for the children.

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