Rickard event kicks off day of gospel music

By Beth Sergent - [email protected]



POINT PLEASANT — Some of today’s youth are keeping the memory of one young resident alive with the Bo Rickard Youth In Gospel Music Sing, set to take place at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 9 on the Mason County Fair’s main stage.

This year’s lineup is as follows: First Group, 3:30 p.m. — open and introduction by organizer Denise Bonecutter; 3:40 – 3:45 p.m. Gracie Cottrill; 3:45 – 3:50 p.m., Gospel Cousins; 3:50 – 3:55 p.m., Conner Grady; 3:55 – 4 p.m., The Knott Girls; 4 – 4:05 p.m. Kristin Durst; 4:05 – 4:15 p.m. Fishermen’s Net Youth Choir.

Second group begins: 4:20 – 4:25 p.m. Berklee Bonecutter; 4:25 – 4:30 p.m. Emmie Waugh; 4:30 – 4:35 p.m., Maddie Towner; 4:35 – 4:40 p.m., Jonnie Don Waugh; 4:40 – 4:45 p.m., Josie Hill; 4:45 – 4:50 p.m., Maggie Waugh; 4:50 – 5 p.m.,”Bo Rickard” Award Presentation.

Kamille Bonecutter will be at the registration table from 3 p.m. until 3:20 p.m. with performers gathering near the main stage between the campers prior to their sets.

Born with spina bifida, William Robert “Bo” Rickard of Point Pleasant, was a graduate of Point Pleasant High School and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. Denise Bonecutter, who helps organize the event has said Bo “loved the Lord and gospel music,” which is why the Mason County Fair’s Youth in Gospel Event was renamed the “Bo Rickard” YIGM Sing in his memory. She said the event began as the Youth in Gospel Music and created an outlet for young children to share their talents through gospel music.

Bo, who died at the age of 19 in 2000, was the son of Gary and Dee Rickard, of Point Pleasant, and has two sisters, Mindy Jett, of Point Pleasant, and Olivia Mash, of Ironton, Ohio, as well as a brother, Sean Rickard, of Point Pleasant.

Following the Bo Rickard YIGM event, is the Harry Rhodes Gospel Sing at 5:30 p.m. on the main stage, then at 7 p.m. the Jim Brady Trio and at 9 p.m., Among the Thirsty will round out a day of gospel and Christian music at the fair.


By Beth Sergent

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Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.