Gospel singers festival Oct. 31

Gospel singers festival Oct. 31 The Southeastern South Dakota Gospel Singing Convention will hold their quarterly song fest on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 31, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elk Point, at 2 p.m. The church is located at 605 East Main St.

The singing convention is a nondenominational effort to preserve the heritage of singing hymns and old time gospel songs. Singing is done in typical four-part harmony. The convention meets quarterly at churches all across southeastern South Dakota, wherever an invitation is extended.

The convention has their own song books which are a collection of familiar hymns and old time southern gospel type songs. The afternoon is typically spent with the audience calling out their favorite numbers and everyone joining in the singing.

Singing conventions have long been a tradition in the southern United States. Singing conventions are spreading to regions outside the traditional South due to a renewed interest in southern Gospel music sparked by the popular video series and television programs and concerts.

The public is encouraged to come join in and enjoy an afternoon of old time gospel music.

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