Autauga County Fair Organization
P. O. Box 680267
Prattville, AL 36068-0267
Gary Essary - Fair President
Mike Surles - Fair Vice President
Shawn Hudak - Commercial and Non-Profit Booth
10/9/17 Rain rain go away...should be a beautiful opening day tomorrow!
MATT LITTLEJOHN BAND 8:30-10:00pm
After years of leading worship at their local church, Matt Littlejohn Band, officially decided to take their music public in the summer of 2011. After making the decision,
band members Matt, Jason, Ditt, and Wes traveled to Florence, Alabama to record their first EP, “Greater Is He,” at Noiseblock Studio. The experience brought confirmation that they were heading in
the direction God had planned for them.
“It was hard choosing only 5 songs, since we have written many over the years,” says Matt. “We wanted to express our love, not only, for the rock driven sounds through tracks like Holy Holy and Shake This Ground, but also, the melodic worship through songs like Greater Is He and Looking For You." The driving force behind every song they produce, is the clear and straight forward message of Christ.
In the winter of 2012 they began the process of recording their first radio single, "You Never Leave Us." After stepping out in faith to perform at a showcase in Nashville, the band was able to make connections with a producer, Nathan Watkins, at Rhythm House Productions in Franklin, TN. "Our desire is for this single to encourage and bring hope to each person who hears it," says Matt. "The message behind the single is simple, no matter what situations we may be facing, God will never leave us. Whether we're on the mountain top or in the deepest valley, God's always there."
Along with leading worship at Lomax Assembly, they desire to connect with worshippers across the nation to glorify Christ with songs of passion and hope. As a band, they are always challenging their abilities to bring something fresh to listeners, while never abandoning the raw sounds that brought them together.
BATTLE CRY 7:30-8:30pm
We are chasing after Christ. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve God in this way. Some of you may know us well. Many of you have never heard of us. Here are some small details about this group Battle Cry. We consist of five Christian men with our hearts set on Jesus. Micah, Grant, Mac, Buddy, and Stephen make up Battle Cry. We are very excited to have the chance to spread the gospel with the talents that the Lord has blessed us with.
BETHANY BARR PHILLIPS 6:30-7:30pm
Bethany Barr Phillips has been singing and writing since the age of 17. Leading worship and performing originals, she travels all over the country every opportunity she gets to share the message of the love & hope that is found in Jesus Christ alone.
In 2000, she crossed paths with Morgan Cryar, and they made a full- length record. It was entitled Stained White and soon after, she had opportunities to open for artists such as Andrew Peterson and Bebo Norman as well as travel internationally to spread the message of Hope.
In January of 2006, Bethany was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer after miscarrying her first child. After six months of chemotherapy, she was cancer free and is now a mother to three year old, Isaiah Jewel.
The record Roots Run Deep was born out of this trial. “So that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isa 61:3c. This verse is where God showed His plan to her – He will always be glorified. “What a God I serve, that He would choose me to glorify Him!” she says joyfully. “I knew that if I was gonna make it out alive, I had to be rooted in him. Cancer was not a joy in any way, but I choose to look at it as a journey that took me to a new place in my relationship with Jesus, a place where I had to be real and I’m not looking back.
The now Tuscaloosa, Alabama, native experienced the devastating F4 tornado as she watched it pass her home in April of 2011. After praying with her band about how to move forward and serve the people who had been affected, she went home and penned the song Show Love.
Bethany introduced Show Love to the world during her set opening up for the David Crowder Band at Alanta Fest 2011. After seeing the response, she knew it had to be tracked. The Show Love EP will release late September of 2011 and it’s swingy, encouraging beat will remind you with every note that we are all here to show love.
“Jesus calls us directly in His word to love each other. He even precedes this with ‘by this all men will know…’ The Lord brought this to my mind as I prayed about this tragedy and how I was supposed to be apart of the recovery efforts,” Bethany says about the EP. “He’s called us to love each other, and that alone will set us apart; not what church we go to, or what we shout from the rooftops, love. Through His love, we can all come together and all can begin to not only hear the Gospel, but see it moving as well. That’s what Show Love is all about.”
Other songs include her latest worship tracks the Isaiah 55 based Your Ways and stripped down Satisfied, as well as the well-known Kathryn Scott tune Hungry.
“This EP has been a small journey in itself, coming from a place of hope and restoration, wanting to remind everyone of all walks that there is One that loved far greater than we could imagine. May we all remember to Show Love in the coming days as we constantly remember His ways are Higher!” Bethany smiles.
TESTIFY (formerly know as Mik3y-Savag3) with special guest Young Flex (Jonathan Jackson), Lil Ausie (Austin Cox) and Hannah Dunaway 6:00-6:30pm
My name is Mike Warren (aka Testify). I was born and raised in Alabama by my mom and dad. I've had a passion for Music, ever since I touched a piano for the first time. To me music is my way of spreading hope and encouragement to others. That's why I created this page, so I can help connect people to Christ and help them form an unbreakable bond. I'm not looking to be the next Lecrae Moore, Canton Jones or TobyMac. I just feel lead to spread the gospel to God's children in my own special way, by using Hip-Hop! This "Unashamed Movement" is bigger than me or any other artist. It's all about finding out, who you are in Christ and how to use your gifts to help build up the kingdom! I also enjoy writing poems in my spare time and working as a Youth Leader at the Destiny Christian Center. I’m currently attending college at Alabama State University for Juvenile Justice, in the hopes that I can work as a Juvenile Probation officer someday. If you would like to know more about me and my music, head to my official page at Facebook.com/IAmTestify or IAmTestify.com ! Have a great day and God Bless!