By Writer’s Ink Publishing, Inc.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Clemmons, NC - Abraham Productions President, Ray Flynn, announced this week that the Gatlinburg Gathering, a successful Southern Gospel event which has been held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Labor Day Weekend for the past decade, will move to July 3-6 in 2013. It has not been determined if this will be a temporary or permanent change for the event at this time.
In recent years, the event has seen significant growth and expansion, and continues to feature the top national names in Southern Gospel Music, as well as the nation's most prominent speakers, evangelists and pastors.
Flynn said that Abraham Productions and its Board of Directors have considered the move for a period of time; however, the decision was not made until the day before this year's event started on August 30. Flynn stated that many factors played into this move, but one of the most important reasons is to hopefully help bring attention to the need for America to return to its Christian values and heritage.
During the announcement of the change in date to the concert attendees, Flynn encouraged them to bring their adult children and grandchildren to the July 3-6, 2013 event. The event in July will still feature the biggest names in Southern Gospel Music, as well as quality speakers. Additionally, several unique showcases and will also allow attendees to experience a very exciting midnight Independence Day Parade through the main street in Gatlinburg. The parade will salute the valiant men and women of our military services, who Flynn called the real heroes of America. After the concert ends at approximately 10:30 p.m., on July 3, all attendees will be given free Christian and American flags to take to the parade.
At present time, almost all of the Southern Gospel artists who performed on this year's event had already committed to perform during the new dates in July 2013. Additionally, even some additional groups will be added to make the Gatlinburg Gathering a highly attractive event for Southern Gospel Music fans.
In 2012, attendance was near capacity each day with people who traveled from more than 30 states to attend the Gathering at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, which has become a favorite among Southern Gospel Music fans.