5 things to know about the Gospel Fest July 30-31

Allison B. Hudson

The Gospel Fest in Donaldsonville will take place July 30 from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. and again on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Louisiana Square.

1. Liberty In Christ Jesus Ministry, Make it Happen Production and Exclesisa Enterprise are dedicated to preserving the Foundation of Gospel Music, and Arts.

2. Special Guest MC Esther Wooten CEO/Exclesisa Enterprise, Esther Is the Booking Agent for The Canton Spirituals, Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson, and many others Gospel Artist. One Local Artists will have the opportunity to be a part of Exclesisa Showcase Extravaganza on March 1-3, 2012.

3. There will be special guest appearances by Apostle Ronald "Diamond" Hoard. Apostle Hoard is the former lead Singer and guitarist for the Grammy Award Winning Group, 'The Ohio Players.” He has also performed with Pastor Ranch Allen, Luther Barnes, John P. Kee, Fred Hammond, Dawkins and Dawkins, The Mississippi Mass Choir, and many others.

4. The Festival will consist of Local and Surrounding Area Church choirs, ensembles, quartets, soloist, and duet; there will also be liturgical dancers, mime ministries, food vendors, arts and crafts, and other vendors.

5. Donaldsonville 2011 Foot Stomping Gospel Festival is FUN for the Whole Family. Four will be honored by receiving the 2nd annual Gospel Musical Award which will be presented by the River Road African American Museum, they are: Everette G. Parker, Allen Brown, Don C. Obear, and George Parker.