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"Singing on the Mountain" at Grandfather Mountain June 22

June 17, 2008

Grandfather Mountain is looking forward to another year of "Singing on the Mountain". This 84 year old tradition began as a small family reunion and has grown to become a celebration of Appalachian Mountain Heritage in our area. The annual festivities occur at the base of Grandfather Mountain on June 22, 2008.

Started in 1924, this event welcomes thousands of people from all over the Southern Appalachians to enjoy gospel performances and celebrate their love of life and God. Founded by Joe Hartley Sr as a family reunion this celebration in Linville, North Carolina has grown each year and is always held on the fourth Sunday in June.

Delivering the message on Sunday will be pastor, broadcaster and evangelist, Billy Kim. Kim is from Suwon, Korea and is currently serving as the Pastor Emeritus at Central Baptist Church in his hometown. He is also the Chaplain of the Korean National Police and director of Christian Service Inc. Kim has traveled the world in his dedication to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people of walks of life.

Kim last visited the Singing on the Mountain in 2004 at which time he was accompanied by the Korean Children's Choir. They will be traveling with him again this year and are always sure to delight the audience with their beautiful voices, costumes and dance.

Performances by many Southern Gospel groups can be enjoyed this day; the host group will again be the Greene's from Boone NC. Also singing will be Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV, Michael Combs, The Cockman Family, The Primitive, The Praisemen, Wings of Grace, The Gospel Enforcers and The Captain's Crew.

To kickoff this celebration the music begins at 8:30am. Camping on the grounds is available but based on a first come first serve basis. There will be a mid-afternoon break to hear the sermon from Dr. Kim and then the music will continue. The "Singing on the Mountain" will occur at MacRae Meadows just outside the entrance to Grandfather Mountain. This is located on Highway 221, two miles north of Linville and one mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is no admission fee charged.

For more information, call 800-468-7325 or visit

Trouble in Mind

What better way to pass the time on a road trip than a sing-along?

The Blue Ridge Book Store has a wide assortment of CDs from gospel, country, and bluegrass musicians. You’ll be tappin’ your toe and whistling the whole way to your Blue Ridge Parkway destination.

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