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Sonfest to include tribute to late pastor

June 08, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - From its beginnings eight years ago, the late Dean Mouk was a fixture at the Sonfest festival of contemporary Christian music which is scheduled for Saturday at the Smithsburg Fire Co. carnival grounds.

"Dean was there for the first one and he was there last year," said Scott Harvey, who is in charge of organizing the music for this year's event.

Mouk was the pastor of the Welty Church of the Brethren until his death nearly a year ago.

"As a tribute to Dean, we will be playing some recordings he made of his music at the beginning of Sonfest," Harvey said.

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"Dean was so very enthusiastic and entertaining - he always led off Sonfest in the morning before it got too hot," he said.

In further remembrance of Mouk, any donations made at the Sonfest yard sale that will begin at 9 a.m. will benefit the Mouk family.

Contributions for that yard sale are still being accepted.

Sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church in Smithsburg, Sonfest began eight years ago as a fundraiser, said Nancy Showe, one of the original organizers.

"We were selling food to raise money," she said.

This year, donuts, egg sandwiches and coffee will be available in the morning. Throughout the day, there will be hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, tacos, steamers, chicken tenders and french fries along with beverages.

All proceeds from food sales this year will benefit Trinity's mission teams.

The music event started small and began to grow, both in numbers and musical styles.

An evening worship and praise service was worked in. Children's games also were added and will be from noon to 5 p.m. this year.

While mostly Smithsburg residents were attracted to the first Sonfest, the appeal began to widen and now folks come from all around, Showe said.

As for the musicians, they, too, are coming from all around.

"This is a stage for groups who want to perform. It gives them an outlet," Harvey said.

"We usually have a younger crowd toward the end of the day," Harvey said.

The event is scheduled to end officially at 10 p.m.

Two years ago, bad weather forced the festival indoors at Trinity Lutheran Church and if that happens again, that will again be the plan, Showe said.

The Smithsburg Fire Co. carnival grounds are behind the fire hall and Trinity Lutheran Church at 15 Main St.

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