Groups of visitors slowly walked through the Journey to Bethlehem as Roman soldiers barked orders and shopkeepers offered samples of breads, fruits and cheese.
For the second year, more than 300 volunteers from more than 20 Tri-Cities-area churches joined together to give community members an experience of life in Bethlehem.
The journey continues today and Saturday, but it's sold out.
Kay Bytwerk gave visitors identification cards in case a Roman guard stopped them along their journey to Bethlehem. Bytwerk said she volunteered for this year’s event to honor Jesus and join with other Christians in the Tri-Cities.
Throughout the journey, Bytwerk helped lead the group to meet Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.
“The children seeing the star was especially fun,” she said.
As visitors walked through the Grand Haven park, Magi, scribes and prophets spoke about the birth of the Messiah that would soon follow. After going through a census, visitors flowed throughout Nazareth looking at pottery, baskets, carvings and foods.
Emery and Avery Smith-Bagley said they looked forward to seeing the Roman guards because their father was playing that role this year.
“He gets to yell at us,” Emery said.
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