COTTAGEVILLE — Over 30 Christian artists and groups will converge at the Jackson County Junior Fairgrounds in Cottageville, June 5-10, for the 27th annual Bend Area Gospel Jubilee.
Held rain or shine, the event will kick off with a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. on Monday, and end Saturday with singers mostly coming from Indiana and Tennessee, according to Promoter Evelyn Roush of New Haven.
Those attending will also see a few changes this year. Tuesday’s service will be an unstructured time of worship that will kick off the following four days, Roush said.
“God has wakened my memory of the good ol’ fashioned meetings when I was a child,” she said. “People just came to worship, carrying in their instruments, and no particular group was scheduled to sing. Everyone just obeyed what God led them to do.”
There will also be a memorial service Tuesday for Bill McCallister, who died May 8. McCallister was the Jubilee camping attendant who, among other things, transported the elderly up and down the fairground banks on his golf cart. As per his wishes, McCallister’s daughter Angie will carry on that tradition this year.
Wednesday will be the first day of scheduled singers, with nine groups and soloists set to take the stage. Included among them will be singers from as far as Lebanon, TN, and as close as Charleston, WV.
Another change for this year’s Jubilee will be going from the usual “tag team” preaching to one speaker on Wednesday. Roush said preaching will be by Rev. Ray Parsons at 7 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday will find singers coming from North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, and Tennessee, as well as West Virginia. Singing will begin at 5 p.m. each evening.
Admission to the Jubilee is free, and those attending are asked to register at the welcome table to be eligible for daily gift drawings. The singers’ stage and seating will be under shelter. Bleachers are available, or chairs can be brought and set up on a concrete pad.
A second potluck dinner will be held Friday at noon. Concessions will be available daily by a local 4-H club.
On Saturday, an auction will be held in the fairground breezeway beginning at 10 a.m. Donated items are appreciated, and proceeds will support the Jubilee. Roush said love offerings will also be taken daily.
Camping is available for $15 per night, which includes full hook-ups. Restrooms and showers are available, as well.
For more information regarding the Jubilee, contact Roush at 304-882-2049. Additional details can also be found on the event Facebook page at “Bend Area Gospel Jubilee.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]