Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard are no longer in hiding. Fresh off their “The Kelly File” interview on June 5, the “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV stars posted a couple of photos of their family posing at an airport ahead of their appearance at the 28th annual Alive Festival in Mineral City, Ohio, on Saturday. Their trip marks their first public appearance since their brother Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal broke.
“Headed to the ALIVE Christian music festival,” Jessa, 22, wrote on Instagram Friday. She tagged her husband, Ben Seewald and brother-in-law Derick Dillard in the post. Jessa, who is pregnant with her first child, called Jill and Derick’s 2-month-old son Israel David, who made a cameo in one photo, an “awesome travel buddy.”
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Jill, 24, Jessa and their husbands are scheduled to speak at the event’s Beach Stage on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. They will reportedly participate in a Q&A session with audience members, sign autographs and greet festival attendees. They’re one of several celebrity speakers attending the event in Atwood Lake Park.
While Jill and Jessa’s eldest brother Josh, 27, and his wife Anna, 26, were intially scheduled to attend the event, their names are no longer included on the master schedule. The Alive site is advertising the Duggar family appearance as “The Seewalds & The Dillards.” However, the festival's seminar topics page still states that they're "excited to have three of the Duggar siblings and their spouses at Alive this year."
Josh and Anna’s absence from the festival isn’t surprising. Last month, a police report was released detailing acts of molestation Josh committed on five underage girls when he was a teenager. Jessa and Jill later came forward as two of his victims. Josh apologized for his actions and resigned from his position at the Family Research Council. TLC reacted by pulling “19 Kids and Counting,” which follows Josh, Jessa, Jill and the rest of the Duggar family, from its airwaves. The network has not announced its ultimate plans for the series.