Event seeks to revive ballfields

Published 3:00 am Thursday, March 24, 2016

All systems are go for Spring Fest 2016 Saturday at the Knox Street ball fields in Troy.

Spring Fest will be from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is free and the first 100 in attendance will receive a gift.

Spring Fest is planned as a fun-filled day designed to bring the community together in Christ. And, who better to do that than special guest Timothy Gabriel, a gospel rap artist.

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“In the same way that bluegrass and country music have been given a new twist, so his rap songs have been given a new twist,” said J.R. Peterson, founder of ‘I choose life” ministries, Spring Fest host. “Gospel rappers like Timothy Gabriel have taken rap music away from the devil and given it to God. You won’t hear him rapping about drugs or gang banging. His music is all about Jesus and the salvation that comes through Him.”

Spring Fest will feature timothygabriel and will include praise and worship music and testimonies.

Spring Fest will have activities for all ages including jump bouncy houses, face painting and clowns for the kids and tug-of-war and sack races for even the adults.

“We plan to feed 2,000 people at Spring Fest,” Peterson said. “We fed 1,000 at Thanksgiving and we know we can feed twice that many at Spring Fest. We’ll have hotdogs, chilidogs and sausage dogs, chips and baked beans and Pepsi products. We’ll bring out every tool we can to reach as many as we can.”

Open Arms Ministry, a drug recovery program and Sav-a-Life, a support group for women in crisis situations, will participate along with The Vine, St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, Troy Church, Springhill Baptist Church and White Water Missionary Baptist Church.

The I Choose Life Ministries will bring a music and praise youth group to the Spring Fest stage. A table will be set up with pamphlets with important and beneficial information for people who are reaching out for help.

“We have to attack the problems of drugs and violence,” Peterson said. “We can’t go around them. We need Jesus in our lives and in our community. At Spring Fest, we will reach out to Him. Our mission is to find one lost sheep. Jesus will show us the way.”

Peterson said the Troy community is invited to participate in Spring Fest. It will be a fun-filled day and a spiritual event.