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(In photo; Dr. Bobby Jones and The Belle)

by Sheilah Belle 

Richmond, VA – It was 2010 when Gospel Music Fest with “The Belle” was introduced to Richmond, VA.  With close to 5,000 in attendance, the event turned out to be bigger and better than anyone expected.

Now with just about two months to go the 2nd Annual Gospel Music Fest with “The Belle” is set to return to Byrd Park’s Dogwood Dell in Richmond, VA on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 5p.m.

Bringing national attention to this year’s event will be BET’s own Dr. Bobby Jones and The Belle Reports, Sheilah Belle aka “The Belle” as they co-host this extraordinary event for the Richmond, VA community.

While the final list of performers is still being finalized and confirmed, some of this year’s special guest artists include Monica Lisa Stevenson, Cora Armstrong, Lonnie Hunter, Todd Dulaney, Gerald Scott, Earl Bynum, J. T. Logan, Soul Tempo (Gospel Quartet Sensation), Bryan Pound, G.I., Minister James Johnson and the Voices of Cedar Street, Van Boyd, Warren Caldwell & Company, Kenny Mayo & God’s Praise and many more.

The year’s featured guests will be “Larry Bland & the Volunteer Choir,” a favorite among Richmonder’s and anyone in search of great Gospel music presented by a choir.

More than 30 vendors offering everything from Bar-be-que Ribs to Fried Fish were on hand last year and are expected to return this year.

This event truly made history.  Brian Little, Cultural Arts Manager for the City of Richmond, Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities said, “With July 4th being out largest event, Gospel Music Fest with The Belle,’ became our second largest event here in the park.”

Mark you calendars now for SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2011 at 5p.m., for the 2nd Annual Gospel Music Fest with The Belle at Byrd Park’s Dogwood Dell, Richmond, VA.

This event is FREE to the public!

Vendor space is only $50.  To reserve your space today, e-mail for an application.