Columbus Fire Dept. BBQ, Gospel Sing begins tomorrow

Published 6:35 pm Monday, June 28, 2010

A 38-year tradition continues this week in Columbus.

The annual Columbus Fire Department BBQ and Gospel Sing benefiting the fire department starts tomorrow at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Ward Street, across from the Columbus Fire Department.

The event offers BBQ, hot dogs and hamburgers for sale by the fire department and four free nights of gospel music featuring both local and national groups. An optional free will offering for the groups will be taken each night.

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The food is on sale by lunchtime each day, and the music begins at 7 p.m. A live broadcast will be available each night on WJFJ Radio 1160.

For more information or directions, call 828-894-5858.

This year’s music lineup includes the following groups:

Tuesday, June 29

The Phillips Family from Gaffney, S.C., a nationally known family group

Songwriter Greg Day from Greer, S.C., who has written dozens of top 40 gospel songs, including “The Midnight Cry” and “Angels in the Room,” two former #1 hits.

Soul Vision, a mixed group from Henderson County

The Foothills Boys, a quartet from Greer, S.C.

Wednesday, June 30

Masterpraise, a nationally known group from Shelby

Reflections of Grace from Saluda

The Masters Singers from Chesnee, S.C.

The Columbus Presbyterian Youth Praise Band

Thursday, July 1

(bluegrass night)

The Watkins Family, a group that has received numerous national award nominations

King James Boys, a nationally known bluegrass band from Cowpens, S.C.

The Mountain Angels, an all-female group from Campobello, S.C.

Wells of Joy, a group from Travelers Rest, S.C.

Soldiers for the Cross, from Sunny View

Friday, July 2

Naomi and the Segos,&bsp; Gospel Music Hall of Fame member

Mike Upright, top 40 gospel artist with more than a dozen top 40 singles

Gary Shepard, legendary tenor singer, formerly of the Kingsmen

The Atkins Family from Greer, S.C.

Brian Birchfield from Tennessee.