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GospelFest organizers sing praises of first-time event

GospelFest organizers sing praises of first-time event
GospelFest organizers sing praises of first-time event
The Rev. Mark Windley, who pastors at Mauckport and Fairview United Methodist churches, delivers a message between music acts during Saturday afternoon's inaugural GospelFest in downtown Corydon. Windley, who was the chairman of the event committee, said the turnout by the community exceeded his expectations: 'God has truly blessed us.'

With many festivals, getting people to visit the first year is one of the biggest challenges organizers face.
That didn’t seem to be the case Saturday at GospelFest, which was held on a bright and beautiful afternoon on the town square in Corydon. The eight-hour event brought in a revolving crowd of about at least a thousand. Most folks packed a lawn chair and sat in the shade of the trees while listening to various forms of gospel music.
GospelFest, sponsored by Harrison County Hymn Sing, featured about 20 musical acts, food, nearly 20 vendor booths, four inflatables and games for kids of all ages. There were also visits by Ronald McDonald, the Crash Dummies and even Elvis (aka Otis Berry).
Organizers included the Rev. Mark Windley, Jewel Brown, Ray Brunner, Dianne Hinkle and Sandie Rudolph.
Windley, who pastors at Mauckport and Fairview United Methodist churches and served as chairman of the event committee, said GospelFest exceeded his expectations.
‘You never really know how these things will go, but God has truly blessed us with a beautiful day and a wonderful crowd,’ Windley said. ‘Everybody has had a good time and it’s all in the name of Jesus Christ. When you can have a gathering like this in Jesus’ name, it really speaks volumes about the community and its heart and how the community gets involved.
‘We’re definitely doing this again next year. We just need to figure out a date and get everything lined out.’
Brian Newton of Nashville (that’s ‘Music City’ Nashville, not the one in Indiana, he pointed out) said he happened upon the event by accident.
‘I was driving through and heard a commercial on the radio on WJIE and thought I’d stop by,’ Newton said. ‘I sometimes play drums through God’s calling, and I think He may have led me here today. This is really neat and it’s really nice.’
Newton’s father, Ray Neff of Hardinsburg, agreed.
‘God blessed us with good weather and we’re around people who are believers. It doesn’t get any better,’ said Neff, a member of Assembly of God church in Hardinsburg.

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