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Bless Fest features local gospel choirs, other acts

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By Jesef Williams

Last year's Bless Fest went so well that organizers want to do it again. And this time, it will be bigger than ever.

The 2008 Bless Fest will be a two-day event. It will again feature various local gospel choirs and other acts, such as praise dancers and comedians.

Saturday's festivities will be at In His Presence Fellowship Ministry, 726 Main St.

On Sunday, the program will be held at Plantation Pointe Civic Center, 1001 W. Meeting St.

Ten acts are scheduled to perform Saturday, including local singing groups The Ingram Brothers, The Dixon Family and William Mobley and the Voices of Praise.

A gospel rap group called God's Flow will also perform, said Charles Washington, executive director of ChristWay Productions, which is organizing the two-day event.

On Saturday, doors will open at noon and the concert will begin at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, attendees can come as early as 1 p.m. for the concert, which will start at 3 p.m., Washington said.

The Jackson Sisters, a gospel group signed to Malaco Records, and Voices of Hope of Charlotte will perform Sunday. Both groups participated last year.

"We're excited about how Bless Fest has taken off so fast," Washington said. "I just want people to come out and enjoy themselves like they did last year."

Unlike last year's inaugural Bless Fest, there is no admission cost for either concert this weekend.

Washington said the civic center can seat 266 people. He expects to have a lot more than that.

"Standing room only," he said. "I expect 300 easy."

Washington hopes a lot of children will attend and take something positive from the experience. The mission for Bless Fest is simple, he said.

"Blessing the people in the way of gospel entertainment," he said. "Sharing the love and really grabbing the youth, because everything we do involves the youth."

For details about the 2008 Bless Fest, call Washington at (704) 536-9052 or (803) 235-7623.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152