Ignite the City scheduled for Oct. 28

The fifth annual Ignite the City will be held Oct. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. at Yowell Meadow Park.

A community celebration, started by His Village pastor Erick Kalenga, is an effort to connect the faith and law enforcement communities in Culpeper.

“We want to connect the community,” Kalenga said.

Culpeper Town Police will display vehicles and first responders will have ambulances and fire trucks on display as well. This year will feature a vehicle and bike show with voting for the best ambulance and fire truck.

For the first time, a community choir will be performing at the event.

Choir director Alex Smith said it made perfect sense to contribute to Ignite the City.

“The choir was necessary in so many ways,” Smith said. “It brings us singers/musicians/directors together from different churches and from different backgrounds where are paths normally would not have crossed. We are all sharing the same message so why not unite and share the message together that just makes it even more powerful.”

The more than 50 member choir involves more than 15 churches. Smith said that they perform a wide range of songs from gospel, to contemporary Christian. He said the public may recognize “Every Praise,” and “Place of Freedom.”

Kalenga said there are more than 15 churches involved in the event this year.

“The goal is to promote a platform where the community can come together,” he said.


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