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One of the nation’s oldest singing conventions in the United States, the Kentucky State Gospel Singing Convention celebrates its 63rd year on Friday and Saturday, October 17-18, in Cave City.

Singing begins on Friday at 6 p.m. Central Time and again on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Cave City Convention Center with fast-moving, energetic music. The event features more than 60 groups, soloists, and duets each evening, attracting a crowd of around 1,000.

Kentucky State Gospel Singing Convention President Jeff Sneed says the convention has been held in Cave City for the past two years, and there is renewed excitement and prestige with more participants and an expected larger attendance.

Several groups have graced the stage in the past, including the legacy of the late Southern gospel singer Dottie Rambo of the Gospel Echoes. More recently, Wade Spencer, Bo Hinson, and others have presented their music at the convention along with groups not only from Kentucky but surrounding states.

The Kentucky State Gospel Singing Convention was organized on April 20, 1946, at a meeting in the Armory in Glasgow with the late Rev. John Salmon elected as their first president. The first singing convention was held September 28-29 on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. The “Big State Sing,” as it was called, has been held annually at cities across Kentucky since then.

There is no admission charge to attend and everyone is invited. It is a wonderful family event.

For more information, go online to www.kentuckystategospelsingingconvention.org or call (270) 678-3575.

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