In 2005, Southern Gospel Music FanFair launched its inaugural event in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The event moved to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 2009. The following year, Wilds & Associates launched the Country Gospel Music FanFest, adding even more variety for Gospel music fans.
SGM FanFair and CGM FanFest are being combined into one event. Beginning with their 2014 season, Gospel music fans can now enjoy a variety of traditional and progressive Southern, Country, Bluegrass, Inspirational and Urban Gospel music all under one roof.
This will also mean a name change for the annual, six-day event. Encompassing the various sub-genres, the event name has been officially changed to Gospel Music FanFair.
As a result of the name change, a new website is currently under development at www.gospelmusicfanfair.com. The new site will offer all the information about the 2014 event, including an artist appearance itinerary for attendees, exhibit booth information for artists and vendors, daily scheduled activities, ticket information and much more.
The event will continue to feature morning worship services, afternoon matinees, daily showcases, evening concerts and a newly revamped fan awards show. (Details concerning the new Gospel Music Fan Awards are forthcoming.)
The biggest change, perhaps, is the location of the newly reorganized event. The new Gospel Music FanFair will premier at the state-of-the-art theatre of The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky. The prestigious Center is located in the heart of the beautiful Lake Cumberland. The theatre is the ‘crown jewel and showpiece’ of The Center, where some of the top names in music have performed including the world-renowned National Symphony Orchestra.
On-site parking and plenty of nearby hotel accommodations will ensure convenience to artists, vendors, and fans. And in addition to all the outdoor fun of Lake Cumberland, Somerset offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants and attractions suitable for the entire family.
The Gospel Music FanFair is scheduled to take place May 14-19, 2018.
Randall Wilds, CEO of Wilds & Associates, states, “We believe these changes will result in a very positive experience for attendees. Everyone is cordially invited to join us for this special 13th anniversary event as we continue the tradition of Gospel music, fellowship and family fun – creating wonderful memories for years to come.”
For more information, call Wilds & Associates at 205-662-4826
Photos Below courtesy of Jim Else