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Gospel music fest set for second running

Event goes on Saturday, July 19. Please note the date SATURDAY, JULY 19. - Jim Sinclair
Event goes on Saturday, July 19. Please note the date SATURDAY, JULY 19.
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Organizers are busy putting the final touches in place, while singers and musicians are busy practicing for the Second Annual Pass Creek Gospel Music Festival set for Saturday, JULY 19.

The concert at the Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds will begin at 6 p.m.

Following last year’s event which drew more than 300 people, organizers have taken audience feedback to heart and extended the showtime by a half hour on each end.

Four local groups are scheduled with the possibility of a fifth to join the program.

The featured group this year is Three and Company, consisting of Dale and Diane Johnson from Edmonton and Brent Anderson from Leduc, Alberta. The group has won a CMA award and has four consecutive nominations for Southern Gospel Album of the Year to its credit, winning the covenant award in 2008. With each member holding down a full-time job, Three and Company is currently in its 15th year performing throughout Western Canada.

A local connection is held by Dale Johnson who is the nephew of former longtime Castlegar resident Ira Johnson – pastor of the Kinnaird Church of God as well as a school bus driver.

The group’s songs are a contemporary Southern Gospel style with a good mix of old hymns with new arrangements.

The concession stand will be open for this year’s festival, run by the Pass Creek Exhibition Society, so please come early and support them. Don’t forget your lawn chairs as seating is limited, and bring a sweater or jacket as it cools off quickly after sundown.

In case of rain at the beautiful Pass Creek site the show will move to the New Life Church across 7th Avenue from Stanley Humphries Secondary School. There is no admission charge but a freewill offering will be taken.

If you enjoy good music you don’t want to miss this event as our area has an abundance of very talented singers and musicians, many of whom will perform along with award-winning special guests.

All are welcome to this family-friendly occasion but please leave your pets at home.

Organizers are still looking for more volunteers. If interested please call John at 250-365-7456, or email john491@shaw.ca

 

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