Faith and Family Night at Riverbend

It’s affectionately called Sweet Tea night.

And the reason? It’s the one night at Riverbend where no alcohol is sold and Christian rock blasts on the speakers.

"Tonight is a little more wholesome," said festival goer Mike Sherman. " It’s a lot of fun without the drinking."

But 15 years ago, Tuesdays during Riverbend were closed.

"It came about really because Tuesday was a day that nothing was going on so the people that were looking said ‘hey, let’s not have a dark night. Let’s keep the festival going. Let’s do something different’," said Friends of the Festival marketing director Amy Morrow.

Christian business leaders in Chattanooga got together, rounded up sponsors, and Faith and Family night was born.

Now it’s a highlight and staple of the festival, bringing national Christian acts to the Coke and Bud Light stage.

"We’ve had some of the biggest names in Christian rock here over the last 15 years," said Morrow. "Casting Crowns, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, NewsBoys and it just keeps getting better."

Tuesday nights headliners were Matthew West on the Coke Stage and Tenth Avenue North on the Bud Light stage.

Kids young and old with their parents filled the crowd.

"It has grown tremendously throughout the years as far as the number of sponsor, the number of radio stations here," said Morrow.

"Family night, Christian night, is just a great night to come out and listen to some great music," said Sherman.

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