Annual Festival Gets People In The Spirit

Hundreds of people piled into Jones Park Saturday afternoon looking for excitement in live musical performances, amusement park rides, and of course, good food - both for the stomach and for the soul.

"We want a place where you know Christians can come together with no alcohol and just play great music and have a good time and fellowship and encourage each other and lift each other up spiritually and just have fun," said Spirit Fest promoter Ron Meyers.

Spirit Fest was designed to promote Christian values through music, gift items, and activities, in a fun and laid back atmosphere.

And many festival-goers say they appreciate the opportunity.

"The way the world is today, it's good to have things like this to bring us together so we can get together and have a good time and praise God and celebrate life," said Grace Temple Baptist Church member Nashona Forshee.

And according to organizers, celebrating and following a Christian lifestyle can be tough, but events like Spirit Fest make it easier to stay in the spirit.

"It's hard to be a committed Christian because I believe we have turned ourselves into a lot of cultural Christians, politically correct Christians, and we kind of keep our faith on Sunday and through the rest of the week we try to hide it because we don't want to offend somebody. I f we believe in the Christian faith then we need to make a stand for it and be who God has called us to be. Period," said Meyers.

The fourth annual Spirit Fest continues Sunday from noon until five p.m. at Jones Park in downtown Gulfport.

Admission is three dollars per person.