festivalBob Lawton, of C.A. Lawton Insurance, and First National Bank, did some dancing at last year's Gospelfest. Lawton passed away earlier this month. A tribute to Lawton will be held at this year's Gospelfest. CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (7/31/14) — Thousands of music lovers will get an early start on the Labor Day weekend with Gospelfest in downtown Central City.

The event, which has grown bigger each year, will feature a galaxy of gospel stars, including Jason Crabb, Adam Crabb, Jeff and Sherri Easter, the Bowling Family, True Light and the Badgett Playhouse.

Although admission is free, event sponsor First National Bank, is helping raise money for the Feed Our Hungry Children program with Gospelfest T-shirts available at all Muhlenberg County FNB locations with each donation of five canned food goods. Feed Our Hungry Children is coordinated by the Greenville First Baptist Church.

Lanie Gardner, acting President and CEO of FNB told SurfKY News that T-shirts are going fast, with individuals and even businesses donating food items to help the needy.

"Part of First National Bank's mission is to help feed hungry in Muhlenberg County," Gardner said. "Last year, we started the concert t-shirt giveaway and it went over so well we decided to do it again. This year, area businesses have sent in bulk orders so we have entire companies that are helping out."

Gardner noted that there will be a special reading at 5:30 p.m. by Jason Crabb from one of his many childrens books, "Jesus Plus You Equals Two."

"We're also very excited to have the Badgett Playhouse singers performing," Gardner said. "This is a rare area appearance for this talented group, and they will also be sharing details about their outreach mission to Guatemala."

Gardner said there will be a special tribute to Robert Lawton, who passed away earlier this month. Lawton was a director of First National Bank beginning in 1952 and served as the bank's chairman of the board since 1981.

For a complete rundown of Gospelfest and other Central City Labor Day weekend activities, log on to the Central City Tourism Commission Facebook page, tourcentralcity.com or call (270) 754-9604.

Paul McRee
SurfKY News
SurfKY News File Photos/Paul McRee
Bob Lawton Photo Courtesy Lanie Gardner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

38th Annual Special Populations Fishing Tournament to be Held at Honker Lake

KENTUCKY (4/26/15) — Kentucky Lake Bass Club and the Knights of Columbus of Aurora will sponsor the 38th Annual Special… Read More

MCCH Wellness Works to Offer Free Screenings in May

MURRAY, KY. (4/25/15) — Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Wellness Works program will be offering free community health… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 23, 2015 7761

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 20, 2015 5004

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4344

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 22, 2015 4055

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 22,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
April 22, 2015 3981

Madisonville Man Accused of Domestic Violence/Rape

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 12849

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8885

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 26, 2015 1057

New Drug Helps Farmer with Parkinson's Return to…

by Laura Dawahare
April 26, 2015 650

White Plains Civil War Festival Provides Learning…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 556

College of Education Alum's Studies, Experience…

by Amanda Nelson
April 26, 2015 550

Spring Lawn, Garden Fair Participants Learn from…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 26, 2015 527

Dave Says - April 26, 2015

by Dave Ramsey
April 26, 2015 521

Legislator's Log - Week of April 26, 2015

by Brent Yonts
April 26, 2015 512

Mother's Day Buffet Planned at State Parks May 10

by Gil Lawson
April 27, 2015 489

Mustangs Lose to Ohio County via Shutout

by Steve LeMaster
April 26, 2015 480

Outdoor Truths - April 26, 2015

by Gary Miller
April 26, 2015 365

Dawson Springs Mule, Draft Horse Days Come to a…

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News