On June 9th and 10th, 2006 at Wilkesboro Raceway Park in Wilkesboro, NC, a large crowd gathered to hear singing from many of today's most prominent names in Southern gospel music. With this being the first year the event was held by Ebenezer, we were unsure of exactly what to expect. However, we can rest assured that the event was a success. Attendance on Friday night was around 2,500, and Saturday night attendance jumped to around 3,000. The smiles on the faces of those in attendance was evidence of the joyful time had by all. On Friday night, attendees were treated to music by Greater Vision, Dove Brothers, Gold City, Pfeifers, and Victoria Huggins. On Saturday night, performances were given by the Perry's, Karen Peck & New River, Talley Trio, Whisnats, McRae's, Michael Combs, Victoria Huggins and Jonathan Cox.
A talent competition was held on Saturday morning for soloists and group talent with cash prizes, trophies and studio recording time given. Brian Beverly was the first place winner in the solo divison and Eddie Billings and Sara Pinkerton were the first place finishers for the group division. The talent competition was an enjoyable event for both participants and those in the audience.
Food vendors and artist tables were setup for attendees to enjoy throughout the two day event.
Plans are already underway for next year's event. According to Danny Jones of the Singing News magazine, "This was a win-win situation for all involved." Ebenezer is looking forward to the event growing over the years. It is a good opportunity to offer some of the best talent in today's Southern gospel music to the people of Wilkes County and this region. Attendees came from several local counties and the surrounding states.
Ebenezer is also thrilled that Singing in the Foothills has been nominated for event of the year! We encourage everyone to vote for us on www.thesoutherngospel.com.
Ebenezer extends a most heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful supporters and volunteers who made the event so enjoyable. We could never name everyone who gave of their time to help with food, parking, seating and the overall operation of the event. We are so thankful to each of you who gave so unselfishly of your time to help with the singing. We also thank the many sponsors who helped support the event. Without you, the event would have been impossible.
Keep checking back for more information about next year's Singing in the Foothills. We look forward to seeing you there!
There are lots of things to smile about at Ebenezer. God has blessed us with many wonderful friends. We have a great group of staff members who are very dedicated to their work and to the children they serve. We are thankful for our Board of Directors who pray fervently for God's guidance in the work of Ebenezer. We have also been a part of seeing several of our children placed recently into loving, caring Christian homes. As the old hymn says, "We are so blessed!"