Tye Tribbett gracing the stage at Finlay Park for Family Fest

Thousands braving the hot temps to enjoy a Sunday afternoon at Finlay Park.

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The 19th Annual Family Fest, hosted by WFMV Gospel 95.3, was held in Finlay Park on Sunday

Folks stretched our on blankets and lawn chairs with water in hand.

â??It's just an awesome opportunity to come out, fellowship with other believers and spend time enjoying the gospel being displayed out in the community of Columbia,â?? said Crystal Myers.

Before the headliner, several bands from across the Midlands took to the stage to wow the crowd.

â??Family Fest, to me, is a time for the families to come together and fellowship in Christ, and to come amongst other believers and to see that you are not the only one praising and loving on the Lord,â?? said Christopher Bookert.

During the celebration there was a moment of silence to remember the men and women who fought for our freedom.

â??It really moved me being a veteran myself, 30 years in military service, and I know what it is and when they played taps it reminds me of when we honor our fallen,â?? said Tommy Jackson.

Several high school seniors from across the Midlands were awarded the Future Leaders Scholarships courtesy of Gospel 95.3.

WACH Fox was one of the sponsors for the scholarships and Family Fest.

Tye Tribbett was the headliner for the event, and WACH Fox spoke with him about his latest single thatâ??s taking the radio waves by storm before he went on stage.

â??It's for us to not give up. Stuff can get so hard. Things can get real heavy, but then your mind just runs back like you know what, I was in a place like this before and God brought me out, and if he did it before he'll do it again,â?? said Tribbett.