LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For some it may have been just a competition, but for others…
"We had a good time today! We had church," said John L. Fulbright III, chairperson for the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce.
Church, in an unlikely place, right in the middle of the 'Texas State Forest Festival'.
The second annual 'Inspirational Praise Sing-Off' brought church choirs from all over the Pineywoods together in the name of praise and worship.
And while many enjoyed the joyful noise, the true meaning was deeper.
"No matter the denomination, no matter the race, we all come for one purpose and that's to praise Him," Fulbright said.
Like with any competition, there's always a first-place winner. But the Texas Bible College choir doesn't plan to hold on to their $1,000 check.
"It means The Harold's House is going to be getting a thousand dollars to help with what they do. It's a great program and we are so thrilled to be able to help," said Dwayne Horsley, dean of music at Texas Bible College.
Harold's House assists with child advocacy, something that Fulbright says ties into today's theme.
"So many times we talked about how young people are going all these different directions, but if we can plant the seed and get them back in the church and love on them, we won't have to lose them to the streets," Fulbright said.
This year marked the 31st annual Texas State Forest Festival hosted by the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce.