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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/8/18) — A Texas band known for its southern rock with a message about Christ drew an estimated 9-10,000 people to the Madisonville City Park hillside Saturday night.

People began arriving at the park early Saturday for a spot near the stage during Madisonville’s 6th Annual Praise in the Park.

City officials said the crowd was Madisonville’s largest thus far in the history of its weeklong 4thFest events.

Lead vocalist David Crowder showcased his depth of talent by playing several musical instruments during the show.

A group of adult fans from Kuttawa worked their way toward the front gate as local singer Don Ready wrapped up his hour-long segment. Shawn Baize said he has been following Crowder since the David Crowder Band formed in 1996, noting he likes the group’s old and new songs.

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“I’ve always liked his style of worship music, and that’s what kinda got me into him,” Baize said.

The concert was widely attended by local youth, who seemed happy meeting up with classmates.

“I just love that all the people come together as a community to listen to them,” said Paul Pool, a James Madison Middle School student. “It’s awesome.”

A Drakesboro couple said they usually attend Saturday on the Square in Greenville, but they could not pass up a chance to hear the band Crowder.

Madisonville Mayor David Jackson tossed several T-shirts into the crowd gathered near the stage before introducing Crowder, adding CeCe Winans will perform another great night of Christian music Friday, Sept. 21 at City Park.

“This is my last Praise in the Park,” the mayor said. “I go out (of office) in December, but this is one of the best things I’ve gotten to do as mayor — to bring Praise in the Park to Madisonville.”

Jackson said it says a lot about a community, when the largest event in Madisonville is a praise concert, noting he hopes the concert promotes change in the hearts of those that are troubled.

Local public defender James Chamberlain, 31, was busy spinning up cotton candy at Earlington Assembly of God’s vendor booth, which had a long line of patrons like all the others serving a variety of lemon shakeups, Italian beef sandwiches, nachos and other festival favorites.

He believes life is all about lending a hand in the community.

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Doreen Dennis
SurfKY News Director

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