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May 16, 2014

Indiana Gospel Music Festival brings performance to Frankton

Church's new community center attracts festival preview concert

FRANKTON — Frankton is getting treatment normally reserved for larger cities such as Indianapolis.

The Indiana Gospel Music Festival (IGMF), a statewide organization that promotes gospel music, is holding a preview performance for its July concert in the area.

Curtis Pruett, Dedication, Disciples Quartet and His Grace are scheduled to perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at Frankton First United Methodist Church Community Center, 110 S. Eighth St.

The performance is a lead-in to IGMF’s festival on July 25 and 26 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds Exhibition Center, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville.

Dave Shetterly, Frankton First United Methodist Church communications chairman, said the preview concerts normally take place in bigger cities such as Indy and Fort Wayne, but the town’s central location and the popularity of gospel music in the community helped land the gig.

“It shows our people love gospel music and spreading the Word of God through music,” he said. “We have the hospitality and care to bring this to the area.

“We feel honored they picked us.”

The concert will take place in the former Frankton Machine & Tool building, which the church recently bought and renovated.

Now often referred to as “The Factory,” the 12,000-square-foot building holds a new kitchen and dining room. The room the concert will take place in was just completed a few weeks ago, Shetterly said.

“The community likes the fact that we took an old building in Frankton and turned it into something that can be used by the community,” he said.

He said representatives at IGMF must have been impressed, too.

The organization held a last-minute concert there last fall shortly after The Factory opened, Shetterly said. After the performance, IGMF asked if the church would be willing to host another concert.

“We feel pleased because it’s a big break for us,” Shetterly said. “This is a way for us to promote (The Factory and the church).”

The Frankton performance is closing IGMF’s preview series. The other introductory concerts were held in Indianapolis and the Fort Wayne area, according to its website.

The Frankton concert begins at 6 p.m., and admission is free.

For more information on the Frankton performance and the festival, go to igmfonline.com.

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