The foyer of the Kenneth E. Cowan Civic Center was thronged with people attracted to Lebanon by a shared interest in southern gospel music.
For some, it is a quick drive from their hometowns, but for others it is a full weekend adventure.
Concertgoer Connie Padgett of Ohio says that she, her husband Myron and their son Brandon have been visiting Brumley for the past six years. According to Padgett, the family regularly attends music festivals.
“We go to the Kentucky National Quartet Convention, and then we come to this one, and then we go to a lot of local concerts near our house,” she stated.
Padgett says that the fact that timing of the event is particularly convenient for her son.
“He likes it a lot better because we can come all the time and usually we can’t because of school going on and stuff, so this one we don’t miss any nights,” she explained. When asked if her son often gets left behind while his parents are at music festivals, she replied, “No, he loves concerts. He’s 12, and we go to a lot of concerts.”
While out-of-state visitors like the Padgett family are not uncommon, people also come from nearby to enjoy the Brumley Gospel Sing.
Gary and Sharon Hardecke are from Steelville, so they elect to stay at home during the day and drive to Lebanon for the shows at night.
“We just have always been southern gospel fans. We just really enjoy the people; they’re really sweet,” Sharon stated.
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