GALLIPOLIS — The sound of gospel music will ring out beneath the stars this weekend at the Gallia County Junior Fairgrounds, bringing gospel groups, first-time attendees and longtime friends together from all over.
The 25th annual Gallia County Gospel Sing will take place from 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the county fairgrounds off Jackson Pike.
The event is solely sponsor-supported and will feature free gospel performances, a concession stand and door prizes such as books, flowers, plants, DVDs, CDs, home decor and gift certificates.
Some gospel groups that will preform include The Fishermen Quartet from Clyde, Ohio, The Wauka Mountain Boys from northeast Georgia, and Higher Vision from eastern Kentucky.
Audience members traditionally come from all over the Ohio Valley — including Gallia, Meigs and Mason counties — with lawn chairs in tow.
While the initial date of the Gallia County Gospel Sing is unknown, it is a longstanding tradition of the area and was officially made an annual two-day event in 1989.
Since 2003, coordinator Mindy Allie has organized the event with two other people, Minnie Mayhugh and Cathy Clark.
Allie said it is an important tradition to her because it enables longtime friends to reconnect and allows her to give back to the area.
“It’s for the community,” she said.
Allie said the event coordinators are grateful for the continued community support, volunteers and sponsorship.
The Gopel Sing also serves as a faith-based outreach for the community.
“It gives people the opportunity to hear the gospel who might not otherwise step foot into a church,” Allie said.