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Annual Valley Praise Fest Offers Faithful Fun

By Staff | Aug 22, 2018

The Carriers will perform at this year’s Valley Praise Fest, to be held Aug. 25, 4-9 p.m.

Valley Praise Fest will be celebrating its ninth year of good, wholesome family fun on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Festivities will be held from 4-9 p.m. at the Faith Fellowship Praise and Worship Center, located at the foot of 8 Mile Ridge in Reader.

New this year, Faith Fellowship will be partnering with Tri-County Combating Addiction with Grace. This partnership takes a stand against drug abuse, and during the festival, several groups will be on hand with up-to-date information on combating drug abuse and how to get help for the user and the families involved.

Headlining the entertainment at Valley Praise Fest will be the ever-popular quartet, The Carriers.

The Carriers are well-known as a local group from New Martinsville. The group started in the 1970s and later reunited for Valley Praise Fest in 2011.

The Carriers have been singing at Valley Praise Fest ever since and have been dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the ministry of song.

The four-piece group consists of David Kelly and his wife Jan, Kristi Hadfield, and Denver Adams.

The Carriers possess a very southern gospel song that is sure to be pleasing to the ears!

Also entertaining at Valley Praise Fest is The Smith Family.

The quartet is made up of Smith family members Bill, Jim, Barb, and Steve.

Bill has performed with Stout Memorial U.M. Church Choir and has served as a member of the “Praise Hims” men’s choral group and the “Praise Team.”

Jim played drums and sang in various bands in the Parkersburg area including “Stallion,” and the Christian rock band “Above and Beyond.”

Barb has performed with Harmony Express Chorus, a branch of Sweet Adelines International, singing 4-part A Cappella music.

Steve sang in the Southern gospel quartet, The Carriers from 1993 to 1995. In 1995, Steve joined the praise and worship team at the Celebration Center of Marietta, becoming Praise and Worship Leader in 2004.

When you get the Smith Family together, you are in for a real treat! It is a true experience listening to the beautiful melodies backed by close sibling harmonies and layered with energetic musicianship.

The Johnny Staats Project offers all genres of music for all genres of occasions – mix of blues, jazz, rock, pop, country, gospel, bluegrass, folk, standards, classic favorites, and familiars.

Staats’ first CD, “Wires and Wood,” was released around 2000 and was the talk of Nashville. This work received international attention and acclaim. Staats’ vocals and skills on the guitar and mandolin have garnered him acclaim, and he has appeared on The Today Show, Larry King Live, CBS Evening News, Country Music Television, among other programs. Staats has been to the Grand Ole Opry several times.

He first garnered attention in West Virginia after winning the Vandalia Gathering Mandolin championships in 1996, 1997, and 1999.

Staats has reformed JSP to perform multiple genres. He is known for Johnny Staats and The Delivery Boys, a band which performs bluegrass.

Valley Praise Fest is a free event, which has something for the whole family. There will be games, a jumpy castle, blow-up obstacle course, food, drinks, and cotton candy. Bring a lawn chair, and join in the fun!

For more information check out valleypraisefest.com