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Recovery volunteers celebrate completion with concert

Organizers prepare for Thursday's concert. Organizers prepare for Thursday's concert.

It has been two and a half years since tornadoes ripped through Alabama, but now there is reason to celebrate. Volunteers are wrapping up work on the final house damaged in the outbreak, and organizers are putting together a huge outdoor music festival to celebrate.

Thursday's concert will feature many Christian music acts. The rebuilding effort has been a Christian ministry undertaking since inception, and organizers of the three-day event felt it fitting to keep it that way.

The stage is nearly set for more than 40 bands coming to DeKalb County to celebrate the volunteer work performed for the people recovering from the 2011 tornadoes.

"We literally saw thousands of people gathered in a field to worship God. Just one voice, worshipping God for 72 hours," said event promoter Israel Partridge.

They expect a similar display at the event. Fortunately, a Dogtown farmer is providing the 18-plus acreage needed for the flock of thousands to attend, off Highway 179 at Twilley Farms.

"My wife and I are really excited. We want people to enjoy our farm and get a blessing out of it," said farmer Billy Twilley.

Bands will play continuously, day and night, until Sunday at noon. The event is called The Courage. Partridge said he hopes people who come discover it as a life-changing event, inspiring faith, resilience, and neighborhood.

The event is free, but donation boxes will be available for those wish to help offset the costs. For more information on The Courage, visit the event website.

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