LIMA — With musical acts every night, the Gospel Tent opens for its 36th year at the Allen County Fair.
The musical acts include local artists and will be performing in the tent at 7 p.m. every night for at least one hour. The acts include The LeFerve Quartet, Doug Anderson and Roy Webb, Ivan Parker, The Perrys, Jim Boedicker and Dean Altstaetter, Tribute Quartet, Lima Beane Barbershop Chorus, Three Bridges and The Woodsmen Quartet.
The tent’s mission of spreading the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the saved and unsaved through the singing and playing of Gospel music is able to be fulfilled through the help of donors.
The tent is supported by local and area churches, individuals and businesses around the community. The businesses within the community contributed with over 101 donors for the tent just this year. Fundraisers contact present and prospective contributors to raise funds. When prospects are shown the program, which contains a listing of the many donors and are asked to help, additional new supporters are added.
“In 2011, we had 46 donors,” says Gene Derringer, secretary, treasurer and organizer of the Gospel Tent. “This year we have over 350 donors, and without them, we don’t have a tent.”
With the help from these donors, the tent has been able to host “nationally known and award-winning artists,” Derringer said.
Such groups bring more visitors to the fair and the Gospel Tent.
“The way God has opened doors and provided funds through the community has really helped our growth,” Derringer said. “The tent is very grateful for the generosity of the many supporters, and we thank them.”
The tent is the first tent on the right from the fair’s front gate off of state Route 309.
Reach The Lima News at [email protected]