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Thirty area churches and numerous businesses are joining forces to present the fourth annual Hallelujah Luau in Galax.
The event is scheduled for Saturday at Felts Park, with gates opening at 10 a.m. and the opening ceremonies beginning at 11 a.m. with the National Anthem followed by the honoring of military veterans. The event will last until 5 p.m.
This is a non-denominational event and all food, entertainment and games are free to the public.
This year's entertainment lineup will include several local groups, as well as nationally known artists and speakers.
The music styles include southern gospel, praise and worship and contemporary and Christian rock.
Christian comedians Barry McGee and Keith Deltano will also perform; and Randy Johnson from God's Pit Crew will speak.
God's Pit Crew will provide drinks for this year's event, as they did last year.
Activities will include water slide, bounce houses, obstacle courses, dunking booth, face painting, tug of war and more.
Food items, available free of charge, will include hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, watermelon and ice cream.
The invocation will be given by David McCall, new director of missions for the New River Baptist Association.
Last year there were about 3,000 in attendance, and 5,000 is expected this year.
Each person entering will be given a ticket, which can be taken to the information tent to register for several door prizes. Door prizes include North Carolina Zoo tickets, jewelry, portable DVD player and complete Nintendo Wii System.
One big change from last year is that those registered for prizes do not have to present to win.
Everyone is encouraged to come enjoy a day of free food, fun and fellowship for all ages.
• For a complete listing of scheduled performers and times, visit www.hallelujahluau.com.