A scene from last year's Pietown Gospel Music Festival.
ALTON — The second annual Pietown Gospel Music Festival and the third annual Ron Dunning Memorial Car Cruise will roll back into Alton July 29-30.
“We really have been working since last year’s event ended, and I am so very pleased that more members of the faith community have joined the organizing efforts,” event organizer Greg Gelzinnis said. “The assistance from Main Street United Methodist, Calvary Baptist, Greater St. James Baptist, the Alton Salvation Army, Greater Glory Tabernacle, Bread of Life Fellowship, Union Baptist Church and encouragement from members of the Riverbend Ministerial Alliance and Family Christian Store staff have made this year’s planning even more exciting.”
The rain-or-shine festival will begin at 6 p.m. Friday on the back parking lot of Main Street United Methodist Church with an opening ceremony and remarks by Alton Mayor Brant Walker and will run until 9:30 p.m. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday and will go until approximately 9 p.m.
In addition to food, souvenir booths, handmade items and more, Friday’s entertainment lineup will feature the Salvation Army Brass Band, Greater St. James Baptist Church Gospel Choir, the Encounter Youth Choir, and the finale for Friday evening will include Steve Davis doing an Elvis gospel tribute. Saturday’s lineup will begin with the New Jerusalem Singers and also feature the Gibson Girls, Kyle Greenwell, Fred Church and The Spirituals, The Chosen, Bread of Life Fellowship Praise Team, Union Baptist Church Praise and Worship, the Riverbend Community Gospel Choir and the Nevr2L8 Praise Band.
Terry Steward is again heading up the third annual Ron Dunning Memorial Car Cruise, open to any vehicles, which will take place on Saturday from 4 p.m. to close.
Primary parking for the event will be available at Calvary Baptist Church, U.S. Bank (Upper Alton), the Franklin Masonic Lodge, and if needed, at Alton Middle School. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own portable lawn chairs.
For information on the festival, call (618) 465-7764 or visit pietowngospelmusicfest.com. For more information or to register for the cruise, call (618) 567-7012. Vendor space is still available.