Sumter Today: A gospel competition brings professional artists to Sumter


The Victory Gospel Awards Fest set up shop at Bishop WT English Memorial Park in Gable recently, where the annual Gospel in the Park is held each Labor Day.

The two-day festival featured auditions on Friday that were judged by Sumter resident and recording artist Shonda English and her mentor, Dorothy Norwood.

The winners performed again on Saturday, and the community was invited in a drive-in concert and awards show style that featured food trucks, community and spiritual encouragement amid a time when many need some positive motivation in their lives.