Saturday’s Gospel Fest, now in its sixth year, will feature local talent as well as the return of a popular national performer.

Back by popular demand, Charles Crain from Presley’s in Branson will perform at the sixth Annual Clinton Gospel Fest, June 9, at the Clinton High School Cafeteria.

The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free “come and go” admission.

Crain’s performance at last year’s Fest prompted many people to request his return this year, describing her performance as “uplifting.” Crain is very personable and humorous, and sings close to the crowd rather than on the stage with infectious enthusiasm.

Singing has always been a part of Charles Crain’s life. After performing with the Navy’s Blue Jacket Choir, he joined a full time gospel group, the Mid-South Boys Quartet in Sheridan. Later he joined the Blackwood’s, taking him all around the world singing to millions of gospel music fans, as well as performing on many TV shows. He sang backup for Wayne Newton for several years traveling the country. Charles then came to Presley’s in Branson to form the Southern Gospel Quartet. He also sings solo there. Between shows, he travels to churches and other events in the area to share his God-given talent.

The Fest opens at 11 a.m. with local favorites King’s Highway, followed by Crain at Noon, Hallelujah Harmony Quartet at 1 p.m., Spirit Breez at 2 p.m. and Sulphur Road Pickers at 3 p.m., then Maygarden at 4 p.m.

“This is about our fourth or fifth time playing at Gospel Fest,” King’s Highway member Louis Dawson said, “We look forward to it, we always have a good time.”

Food will be available throughout the event, as will raffle items donated by area businesses. The event is fundraiser for the Van Buren County Literacy Council’s Adult Learning Center, and the proceeds are being matched by Modern Woodmen of America. The Literacy Council is a non-profit whose mission is to help adults with reading, writing and math skills.