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Crowds flock to festival of faith
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Maggie Smith, right, slides on an inflatable Sunday with father Chris and sister Chloe during the Forsyth Family Fest at the Cumming Fairgrounds. - photo by Autumn McBride

The Forsyth Family Fest drew a large crowd of spirited believers to the Cumming Fairgrounds on Sunday.

In its second year, the festival of faith again brought more than 20 local churches together for a successful event with attendance in the thousands.

Six churches opened up the morning with an outdoor worship service at the fairgrounds.

Festivities continued through the day, culminating with an evening concert by Charlie Hall.

Pastor Hutch Matteson of North Lanier Baptist Church said the morning worship crowd was larger than last year, while concert attendance held steady.

Several speakers and performers, including a group of BMX riders, provided entertainment during the free event.

"We saw God move in a great way and a lot of churches come together, which was real encouraging, and a lot of decisions for Christ, which is the main purpose for putting on the event," Matteson said.

He said the generosity and combined efforts of area churches and businesses made it possible to put on the safe, fun family event at no cost to the community.

Matteson added that it was "too soon to tell" if the fest would return in 2011.

"Once we recuperate, we'll start thinking about next year," he said.