Kirk Franklin Closes Inspirational Week of Events in Fayetteville (NC) This October

October 7-14 Celebration Culminates with Kirk Franklin Concert

June 2017

Cumberland County, NC – Each year, WIDU 1600 AM delivers one of the community’s largest faith-based events. This year, the week-long celebration culminates with three power-packed days at the Crown Complex. The final event is headlined by multiple GRAMMY®, Dove and Stellar Award-winning recording artist Kirk Franklin.

On Thursday, October 12th, WIDU hosts the 6th Annual Carolina’s BESTtalent competition. The evening starts with a concert from judge JJ Hairston at 6:30 p.m. Following the concert, contestants take the stage for a chance to win cash and prizes. Judges Kelly Price, Kim Burrell and JJ Hairston give feedback and rank contestants. The evening ends with a concert from Travis Green.  

Pastor John. P. Kee and the New Life Community Choir headline Traditional Gospel Nighton Friday, October 13th. The concert includes a musical tribute to the late Gospel Music legend Joe Ligon of the Mighty Clouds of Joy. Rance Allen, Lisa Knowles, Doc McKenzie and the Hi-Lites, Harvey Watkins Jr. of the Canton Spirituals and many others are scheduled to perform that evening. The concert begins at 5 p.m. in the Crown Coliseum.

Kirk Franklin & Friendsreturns to the WIDU Anniversary Celebration on Saturday October 14th. The concert, which begins at 4 p.m. in the Crown Coliseum, also features Tasha Cobbs-Leonard and Tye Tribbett.

Tickets are now on sale for all three weekend events. Prices for the Kirk Franklin concert start at $20 and a limited number of package tickets are available for the entire weekend. Head to www.CapeFearTix.comor call the Crown Coliseum Box Office for details. 

Other 2017 WIDU Anniversary events:

October 7 - Youth Harvest Concert at the John D. Fuller Recreation Center.

October 9 - Forget Me Not Stage Play at Kingdom Impact Global Ministries.

October 10 - WIDU Unity Service at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church.

October 11 - WIDU Together As One services throughout the community.

October 12 - WIDU Women’s Empowerment Luncheon at  Crown Complex.

October 13 -  WIDU Prayer Breakfast at the Crown Complex.

“The WIDU Anniversary Celebration is one of the largest and oldest faith-based event held in Cumberland County,” says John Meroski, FACVB President and CEO.  “For decades. the anniversary has welcomed some of the best gospel and contemporary entertainers to the area.” 

Other faith-based events held in the last year in Cumberland County:

Daughters of Christ - August

Laymen’s League - October

Methodist Youth Pilgrimage - November
North Carolina Central AMEZ Conference - November

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfasts (Spring Lake and Fayetteville) - January

AsOne Prayer Walk - April

Hop In the Park - April

Plan-Purpose-Process-Promise Conference - June

Positive Direction for Youth (PDY) Conference - July

Singing Christmas Tree - December

About the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) 

The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

Press Contact: Melody Foote (, 888-98-HEROES

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