Roush said the fairgrounds are being manicured and campsites are being prepared for the annual event, slated this year for June 2-6. A welcome atmosphere will bring gospel music lovers from 13 states and Canada, with singing scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. June 2-4, 3 p.m. June 5 and 2 p.m. June 6.
Camping attendants Bill and Angie McCallister have been on the grounds since Wednesday to assist those who come early to attend revivals and spend time with friends and Jubilee family.
Roush said she shares the same bond of friendship and feels each year is like a family reunion. She also said she is joyful to see campers and RVs pull in, and a great blessing is to see church pastors, friends, family and neighbors attend and support the ministry.
This year’s lineup includes music from the Goodwins, Jimmie McKnight, New Calvary Echoes, Nancy Jo and Larry Kidd, Narrow Way, Master Sounds, One Accord, the Browders, Kevin Spencer and Friends, Cross Road Messengers and many others.
Roush encouraged those attending to bring coats and lap-covers for cool evenings, as singing often runs late into the night. More than 50 groups and soloists from eight states are scheduled to perform this year. In addition, the Rev. Norman Taylor, a 50-year veteran of evangelism, will deliver a message from God’s Word on opening night June 2. Roush also said that people who like to sing are encouraged to join the Volunteer Choir that night under the direction of Ron Arthur, Arling Barnes and Dan Hayman.
Other events on tap during the week include an auction at 10 a.m. June 6. Organizer Gordon Johnson encouraged people to donate items and attend the event, with proceeds benefiting the Jubilee. Youth in Gospel Music also will take the stage at 2 p.m. that day.
“The entire week is a time of worship in free spirit, praising God through a gospel song, seeing a heart rejoice and sharing a burden at the altar in fellowship and love,” Roush added.
All campsites have water and electric. Some have full hook-ups and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A dump station also is on the grounds and space is available for tents and primitive camping. Parking attendants will be available to assist people close to the stage area as well.
Admission to the event is free, and concessions will be available and served in the air-conditioned dining room by Grace Gospel Baptist Church of Ripley.
For more information, call Roush at 304-882-2049.