Tommy Cash confirms for gospel festival

Monday, June 12, 2006
Tommy Cash

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Sponsors are being sought to help underwrite the second annual Ozark Mountain Gospel Festival, slated for Sept. 8-9, at various venues in Eureka Springs.

According to Darry Lisemby, promoter, there are three categories of sponsors: Silver, or Ark sponsors, donating $100 to $499; Gold, of Chariot sponsors, $500 to $999; and Platinium, or Wings sponsors, $1,000 or more. Vessel sponsorships are also offered for those committing to between $25 and $99.

Gold and Platinium sponsors' business logos will be featured on promotional material. Those sponsors along with Silver Ark sponsors will receive sponsor seating tickets for a performance at The Auditorium, and business listings on a festival rack card and the festival Web page, www/

The first gospel festival, in 2005, drew considerable crowds. Participating gospel groups and concert-goers came from throughout Arkansas and the Midwest. Venues included Kerruso, Pine Mountain Village, the Great Passion Play, Gaskin's Switch, and Basin Park.

This year an all-day sing will include a salute to veterans.

It was learned on Monday that Tommy Cash, Arkansas native and brother of the late Johnny Cash, has confirmed that he will be on hand at the 2006 festival.

"For one individual or group to solely fund such a project would defeat the purpose of businesses uniting in an effort with the expressed cause of wanting to present Eureka Springs as a Christian and family-oriented setting for those visiting," said Lisemby.

Goals of the festival, he said, include giving a welcome to visitors with an obviously Christian and family-focused invitation; to offer free admission to the general public for gospel and family entertainment through music and other festival activities; and sparking unity and cooperation between local businesses, attractions, churches and citizens in presenting the festival.

For more information about the festival or sponsorships, telephone Pamela Lisemby at (479) 244-6087.

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