Area wide Crunk Fest floods park

By Amanda Lowrance

Area wide Crunk Fest floods park

Crunk Fest youth members gather around Pastor Clifford Wynn of Cypress Creek First Baptist Church. Staff Photo by Amanda Lowrance

The parking lot flooded at the Selmer Park on July 23 with the annual Crunk Fest holding its third event.

Church members and people gathered from all around to entertain, learn, have fun, and rejoice.

“We are trying to bring unity within our community,” said Pastor Clifford Wynn of Cypress Creek First Baptist Church. “Crunk Fest is choosing God and reaching up in the need of the king. We try to bring the community as well as our young people no matter what creed or denomination.”

The focus seemed to aim at the younger generation. The event had several party jumpers, food, face painting, and a viewing inside a helicopter from the Hospital Wing.

“We are trying to be in with the young people, said Pastor Wynn. “Instead of them doing drugs and getting in trouble, we try to give a positive outlook. Overall it’s been a blessing. It’s leading up to a union revival. We’ll have Pastor Tim Rogers out of Arkansas with us.”

Attending and listening to the music at the Crunk Fest was Laretha Greer, a young member of the dance team.

“It’s a fun event where kids learn the importance of education,” said Greer. “Last year went great, but there are a lot more people  here than last year.”

Most members at the event comment on how the group seems to grow each year.

 “It looks like a good crowd,” said Nicky Atkins of Moody Auto Sales, “and it continues getting better. They got music, motivated speakers, party jumpers, and different area wide churches coming together to worship and praise in God.”

Enjoying the live music and entertainment was Pastor Wynn’s wife, Shelley, who is an active member of the community.

“We have three motivational speakers,” said Shelley Wynn, “that try to focus on the importance of education, positive attitudes, and to stay off drugs. We have a lot of sponsors. Everything is free. We buy backpacks and school supplies and just give them out.”

Cypress Creek is just one of many churches to attend the annual festivities. 

“There are people here from Corinth, Jackson, Chester County, Olive Branch, Miss., Memphis, and everywhere,” said Mrs. Wynn.

The smiling, fun-loving faces see the event as a success and will continue to watch it grow.