The 90th annual “Singing on the Mountain” is scheduled for June 22, 2014 in Linville, NC at Grandfather Mountain. This is the longest running gospel music event of its kind in the area. Now is a great time to include this in your early summer vacation plans.
Make plans to attend; while visiting the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains nearby. The daylong event begins at 8:30 am and ends around 3:30 pm. It is in MacRae Meadow at the foot of the mountain.
The event is always the fourth Sunday in June. The motto of the “Singing’ is “Whosoever Will May Come”. Gospel music dominates the majority of the event. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic lunch, snacks and drinks. Food and merchandise vendors are there as well. Bring whatever you’ll need to be comfortable for the day, because you won’t want to leave early.
Admission is free. Primitive camping without hookups is available on a first come basis. For those who wish for more amenities, take advantage of nearby hotels. Many locals attend the convention and this is a great opportunity for those visiting the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains to experience the culture of the region.
History of the Singing
The Singing on the Mountain began in 1924 as a family reunion, with one hundred fifty people in attendance. The music for the early events consisted of local singers accompanied by only guitars. In coming years, musical acts came to include the legendary Arthur Smith and his band the Crackerjacks. Smith was the musical host for the event for many years.
By the 1960’s the “Singing” attracted thousands of attendees. Performers of the more well-known category began to appear on the stages, such as Johnny Cash. Performers at past “Singings” have included The Chuck Wagon Gang, Karen Peck, The Greenes and the Gospel Enforcers.
Gospel preaching is featured during the event. In 1962, Billy Graham waited for a storm to pass before taking the podium. When it appeared he could not wait out the storm, he came to the podium at 2 pm. Those in attendance remember how the clouds parted and the sun began to shine on his message, reminding us that the Lord still sends blessings to His faithful.
This year’s performers and Pastor have not yet been announced, but it is sure to be a great lineup for this 90 year celebration. Experience the peace and serenity of Grandfather Mountain. Make plans to attend now. For more information, visit Grandfather.com.