Knoxville gears up for the Franklin Graham Festival

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Knoxville (WVLT) - Thousands of Christians are set to converge on Downtown Knoxville this weekend for the much anticipated Franklin Graham Festival.

Thursday night, hundreds of singers met at Thompson-Boling Arena to practice their songs for this weekend.

Volunteer TV talked with several singers who can't wait to perform at this once in a lifetime opportunity.

High c's from sopranos and low tones from altos fill the Thompson-Boling arena as they rehearse for the festival. Picking up the music and practicing together for a revival of faith in Knoxville.

"It was beautiful worshipping the Lord in one accord, a glimpse of probably what Heaven will sound like," said Cindy Floyd of Grassy Valley Baptist Church.

Cindy Floyd closes her eyes and belts out the best notes her body can muster. Back in the seventies, Cindy and her foster dad sang in the Billy Graham Crusade, and now she's back to sing for another Graham.

"Was such a Heavenly moment for me. I love Jesus with all my heart, and when I found out he was coming I said I gotta do this," Floyd said.

Cindy joins almost 2,000 other members from 460 local churches who will be singing in the festival this weekend. Scott Doughty is another from Piney Grove Baptist Church in Midtown Tennessee.

"I am absolutely wired and ready to go. I can't wait!" Doughty said.

He's ready to share his excitement about the Lord. Scott drove forty miles to sing and tap his feet to the music.

"It's a once in a lifetime thing to be able to be here be apart of this and witness to people and let them know the good news about Jesus Christ. It don't get no better than this," Doughty said.

If you're thinking of going to the free festival this weekend to hear this music, Cindy says you'll get a whole lot more.

"The true Word of God, worship to get us in practice for what Heaven is going to be like, to truly fellowship together," Floyd said.

All together in one arena with no boundaries of church walls or denominations.

The festival begins Friday night at seven o'clock--doors open at 5:30.

Then Saturday morning at 10 o'clock there's a special event for children called Xtreme Kidz. Then Saturday night, there's a student night youth event beginning at 6:47.
A final service on Sunday begins at four o'clock, doors open at 2:30 Sunday.