JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The smell of fried catfish and live music will fill the Arkansas State University Convocation Center on Saturday, August 22.
Tickets are on sale now for the fifth annual Community Fest to benefit John 3:16 Ministries.
The organization is known as a spiritual boot camp for men with alcohol and drug addictions.
"We have a lot of different ministries at John 3:16," said Landon Wise, an instructor and graduate of the program. "We cut trees. We cater. We stripe parking lots. You can call us and we can put a bid in for your commercial landscaping. It's a totally free program to come into the program for six months to one year. There's no state or federal money taken so we work every day. But we have to have fund raisers like Community Fest to help fund our ministry."
Community Fest is one of several fund raisers the organization hosts.
It had humble beginnings, but took off with community support in its first year.
"We started this five years ago at Valley View School and we did not have a clue as to how many people were going to show up," Wise said. "We packed the place out. We had to turn people away because there was no where to park them. Now five years later, we are sitting at the Convocation Center and we had 8,000 people there and we're expecting that many people if not more."
Tickets are on sale for $10.
Testimonies from John 3:16 men being at 3 p.m.
The dinner begins at 4 p.m. followed by the live auction.
At 6 p.m. the live entertainment will begin.
"We're going to have the Rhett Walker Band. They have a song called, "Come to the River," Wise said.
There is a 1956 Ford Thunderbird up for grabs.
"We're going to give away a '56 Ford Thunderbird, a hard top convertible. It's been sitting at the mall for the last three weeks and it's going to be really nice," Wise said.
Most people show up really early for the fish dinner.
"We fix all the catfish ourselves," Wise said. "We fry about 40,000 pounds a fish a year. We figure we will cook about 4,000 pounds at this event alone."
Tickets are available at the door.
For more information on the event call 870-799-2525 or go to www.john316ministry.com.
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