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Thursday, February 6, 2014

2014 Festival of Choirs USA Set For August 16th In Port Allegany

2014 Festival of Choirs USA

It is not too early to start planning for the Festival this year. I have been blessed to have already heard from churches telling me they are going to enter this year. The Festival is meant to inspire, equip and support the church choirs. To encourage churches that do not have choirs to consider how a choir could help their church. The Festival is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for: Promoting public awareness of the need to reestablish and reinvigorate the choirs that were once in small town churches.

We are not a non-profit organization. Funding comes from private donations, free will offerings and our food sales. Some of our items are the chocolate chip cookies and pecan caramel popcorn.
This will be our sixth year. I am just as excited about this year as I have been in all of the last five years!

In the past years we have had guests like Andrea Hough from the TV show the Biggest Looser. She shared her great testimony! She encouraged people to not give up but to press on to the high calling that God has promised everyone through his word.

Artist and comedian Bob Stromberg shared his life experiences with us. What can I say? I still smile when I think of all that Bob covered that day. Bob also brought encouragement to the people in every way that he could!
Artist and singer Sandi Patty was with us. Because of travel snags she was late getting to the Festival. The crowd didn’t care about that and she sure made up for it. Sandi is a very personable and warm hearted woman.

Simple Faith, The Barr family, C.R.O.W.N and Marvin Caskey have also Richly Blessed the Festival.

In October of 2012 my back decided that it was going to rebel. In December of that year I had to have surgery. I have not physically worked since then. There were many people asking if there was even going to be a Fifth year Festival. I would answer, “By God’s Grace there will be” and by God’s Grace there was!!!

Each year I have rented the tent, staging and chairs from A 1 Rent-All in Olean, NY. Last year because of my health A 1 cut their price in half.

Andy and Barbara Barrett have been coming each year from Chesapeake, Virginia to supply the sound system. Andy and Barbara donated all of their time and expenses.

Marsha and David Smith took care of the food service area.
We also had a terrific team of volunteers that were second to none.

There were many people that encouraged me that what God had put on my heart concerning the Festival was a Great Witness and encouragement to many people.

I will be glad to answer any questions that you would like to ask me. You can email me at Website is and you can also call me at 757-630-1490. I want to make myself available to you all in any way that I can to help support your choirs.

And speaking of choirs here are a few of the winning choirs that I had pictures of.

Be Blessed and we will see you at the sixth annual Festival of Choirs USA. The Festival will be held on August 16, 2014 at 807 Skinner Creek Road, Port Allegany, Pa. 16743

Jerry J. Goochee

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jerry this is great so kudoes and dildines for you on this. Thanks for bringing Sandy Patty and letting me get a picture with her. That was a hilite of my life. We have a choir from three churches in Coudersport and maybe we can combine to enter this in 2014 good Lord willing. Again kudoes and dildines to you for doing this. Smitty