COTTAGEVILLE — One of the largest gospel sings in the area is set to take place May 30 through June 4 at the Jackson County Junior Fairgrounds.
The 26th annual Bend Area Gospel Jubilee is under the direction of promoter Evelyn Roush, of New Haven. Over 50 artists will be featured during the five-day event, as well as tag team preaching on Friday.
Singing begins each day at 5 p.m. with the exception of Saturday, when singing starts at 3 p.m.
In addition to the sing, there will be a potluck fellowship dinner at noon Friday and an auction at 10 a.m. Saturday. A prayer walk will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday throughout the fairgrounds. There will also be daily gift drawings.
Admission is free, but a love offering will be accepted each evening, according to Roush. The event will be held rain or shine, with the stage and seating being under shelter. Roush added there are bleachers and a concrete pad for those wishing to bring chairs.
Concessions will be sold by a local 4-H club. Camping is also available for $15 per night.
Set to deliver messages at Friday’s tag team preaching are Lewis Taylor, Jimmy Jordan, Timothy Long, Ron Shamblin and Travis Cassidy. The Rev. Ray Parsons will open the jubilee with preaching on Tuesday.
Roush said people visit the jubilee each year from many states. Some even take their annual weeklong vacations to attend, she added.
Among the groups and individuals scheduled to perform are Randy Parsons, Rick and Ginny Towe, Fisherman’s Net Youth Choir, The Builders Quartet, Mercy’s Reign, The Browders, The Perrys, Barry Rowland and Deliverance, and many more.
Roush held her first gospel sing at the age of 11 at the old Mission Ridge Schoolhouse. Married at 16, she and husband Raymond had three children, Joyce, Janie and Jerry. The family often sang together on their way to church.
Roush has promoted gospel sings throughout the years, including the Bend Area Gospel Jubilee for the past 25. She was recently honored during her 80th birthday with a “birthday bash.”
“I believe God smiles on every adventure as I am sharing the song God put in my heart,” Roush said. “You could not know the devotion it requires, but I am grateful to God for my joy, my health, my beautiful family, the gift to sing my song, and to have met so many special people I call my friends.”
For more information on the jubilee, contact Roush at 304-882-2049 or go to the Facebook page at “Bend Area Gospel Jubilee.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.