Popular Columbus event celebrates 50th anniversary

Published 11:53 am Tuesday, June 20, 2023

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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.

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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 

                               Brian Birchfield 

                               The Atkins family

                               New Chosen   


Saturday, July 1: Reggie Saddler

                             The King James Boys 

                            Greg and Brooke Day 

                             The Principles


Sunday, July 2: The Golden Valley Crusaders

                           Issac’s Well


                            Greater Purpose


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