Popular Columbus event celebrates 50th anniversary
Published 11:53 am Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Annual BBQ and Gospel Sing takes place Friday, June 30 through Monday, July 3
COLUMBUS—In 1973, plans were first made to hold a BBQ and gospel sing to help raise funds for the small-town Columbus Fire Department. Now, the fire department is Polk County’s largest, and fifty years later the event continues to be a local favorite during the four days before Independence Day.
Beginning on Friday, June 30, performances start at 7 p.m. each evening at the Columbus Veterans Park on Ward Street in downtown Columbus. BBQ and gospel music fans always enjoy the annual event.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this year the event will feature a few commemorative surprises, including a finale on Monday night from a special choir made up of artists who have previously performed at the event. The Columbus Fire Department’s special BBQ will only be sold during the last two nights of the event, however, other food options will be available on Friday and Saturday.
Artists performing on stage this year are as follows:
Friday, June 30: Fields of Grace
The Atkins family
Saturday, July 1: Reggie Saddler
The King James Boys
Greg and Brooke Day
Sunday, July 2: The Golden Valley Crusaders
Monday, July 3: Mike Upright
The Right Side
Colt Creek Bluegrass
The Special 50th Anniversary Choir
There is no charge for admission, although an offering will be taken for performers. Food sales from the fire department will help raise funds to purchase new equipment.
Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the event will be held in the fire department. For more information, call (828) 817-3722.
Submitted by James Metcalf