GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It's an event that started out as a small backyard music festival. While it's still in a backyard, Mike Coates says the Turkey Jamboree has grown tremendously since its birth five years ago.
"On the second year we did it we were a packed house, and I told Sherry we need to do something with this," said Coates.
What was supposed to be a small music festival to promote local talent, blossomed into a weekend long event that benefits Feed My Sheep.
"Everybody donates their time to play, like all the bands. Then we have volunteers that help and do the raffles and things of that nature," said Sherry Lamere.
Coates and his fellow organizer, Lamere, work hard to ensure those who attend the festival will get bang for their buck, so there are other activities on the property to keep this a family friendly event.
"We got food here. We're having raffles. Kids are allowed. We got a pool, a slide, a dunk thing. They got sand bag things. The kids are happy," said Coates.
Coates admits the festival requires a lot of costs upfront, but thankfully the bands all donate their time because they know it's a charity event.
"We usually play around and try to make some money out of it and make a living, but something like this with the proceeds going to Feed My Sheep and how they've helped so many people who are hungry and stuff. It's the least we can do," said Paul Newman, the drummer for Crooked Halo.
Festival goers are even allowed to pitch tents and bring small trailers to stay the whole weekend. It's that camaraderie that encourages Mike and Sherry to continue to host the event annually.
"We just like to help people out, it's in our hearts. It's what God wanted us to do and that's what we're doing," said Lamere.
Organizers say every penny of the proceeds will go to Feed my Sheep, and they will not be reimbursed for any of the upfront costs.