The Light of the Cross Gospel Fest

By Lisa Batson

The Bald Knob Cross of Peace and WXAN 103.9 FM are proud to once again partner together to present "The Light of The Cross Gospel Fest" for the second year to bring awareness and raise funds in continued efforts to keep the Bald Knob Cross maintained and beautified.  This event takes place on October 12, 2013 from Noon to 5:30 pm on the grounds of the historic Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Alto Pass, Illinois.  This year’s event will feature three gospel groups and a soloist.  Included in these groups will be "The Nehrkorns."  This Marion based trio travels approximately 175 dates a year, all across the eastern half of the United States. Also performing will be the "Glad Heart Quartet."  The "Glad Heart Quartet" will soon be releasing a new studio album and in September will be performing at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville Kentucky.  From St. Andrews Catholic Church in Murphysboro, “The Blue Grass Mass Band “will be performing as well as soloist Trina Wycoff of Herrin.


This years featured speaker will be former St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Andy Benes.  Mr. Benes is also the host of a popular Saturday morning television show "Cardinal Kids" which airs on Saturday Mornings in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee.  Andy will be sharing his Christian testimony and signing autographs for the people in attendance.


Food and beverage vendors will be on hand the day of the event as well.  Seventeenth Street BBQ of Murphysboro and Whiffleboys Pizza of Murphysboro / Anna have signed on to accommodate the large crowds that are expected. This is a free event, however a love offering for the cross will be received via donation receptacles placed on the grounds.  Last year’s fest raised over a $1000 dollars to help complete the re-lighting of the Bald Knob Cross.  


Bring your lawn chairs, your family and friends out to enjoy some great music and the magnificent panoramic fall colors as they begin to change from one of the highest and most scenic points in Illinois.
Below is the planned schedule: 
12:30 pm -   Trina Wycoff    
1:00 pm - Blue Grass Mass Band 
2:00 pm - Glad Heart Quartet
3:00 pm - The Nehrkorns 
4:00 pm - Andy Benes

Address: Bald Knob Cross of Peace, 3630 Bald Knob Road, Alto Pass, Illinois 62905

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