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Family Fest big success
Multi-church effort draws thousands
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A crowd of close to 10,000 attended the festival. - photo by Emily Saunders
Results are in from an inaugural festival of faith and fellowship Sunday in Cumming.

“Forsyth Family Fest was excellent,” said First Baptist Cumming Pastor Robert Jolly, who organized the event. “In every way, it surpassed our expectations.”

Jolly said the daylong church extravaganza drew close to 10,000 people, many of whom came to hear Will Graham, grandson of Billy Graham, preach at morning and evening services.

“Will Graham reminded everybody of his granddad, in both his looks and his presentation of the gospel,” Jolly said.

Nearly 30 area churches came together for the free event, which was held at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Jolly described it as a combination concert, fall festival and worship service.

He said it took all volunteers working together to succeed.

“We were united in our effort and able to cross denominational and ethnic lines to serve and love the community,” he said.

Nice weather contributed to a good festival, as did “excellent performances by everyone.”

Entertainment included artists like Toby Mac, formerly of DC Talk, Steve Fee and gospel singer Canton Jones. Cycling stuntmen Chaos on Wheels “astounded everybody.”

Jolly has received a lot of positive feedback on the festival, but he said the main question on everybody’s mind is, “Are you going to do it again?”

He said organizers “are praying about it.”

“We’re very excited about what happened,” he said.

Jolly said putting the show together wouldn’t have been possible without the support of other churches and private donors. First Baptist Cumming raised about $50,000 for the event.