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Beachfest Wraps Up With A Huge Crowd In Long Beach

Country music star Randy Travis performed for more than 1,000 fans Monday night in Long Beach. The free concert was part of Beachfest - a three day outdoor concert event presented by the Steve Wingfeld Evangelistic Association.

The group adopted Long Beach shortly after Hurricane Katrina, and continues to help the city with rebuilding efforts. But this Labor Day weekend was all about fun and renewing people's spirits.

"We felt it was time to have a party. And I think we've had a great party already, Amen," Steve Wingfield told the crowd.

Long Beach nurse Marsha Robertson traded her nursing charts for her Boston Terrier to enjoy the tunes of the country crooner. It was her dog ChiChi's first concert.

"I don't know that she's heard Randy Travis," Robertson said.

Long Beach resident Marion Poirrier and her daughter Katie are big Randy Travis fans. Monday was the second night they attended Beachfest. She says the four day event has been uplifting for many weary South Mississippi residents.

"It's spiritual. It's awesome. These people have come here and helped us," Poirrier said.

Bob Kranz with the Long Beach Rotary Club said people at the concert also had a chance to give back.

"First and foremost, the offerings that are being collected will be used for building the new senior recreation center, which is going to be built here in Long Beach since we lost both our rec center and our senior center and our shelter," Kranz said.

The Steve Wingfeld Evangelistic Association is based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Click here to learn more about their efforts in Long Beach.

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