As has become tradition, the Vespers Service officially kicked off the 2014 Owen County Fair on Sunday evening, with a full line-up of local talent participating in the community sing.
To start things off, the American Legion and VFW Color Guard presented the colors as the community joined together for the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the Color Guard included, left to right: Mike Harvey, Ed Roy, Ron Dillingham, Donna Rice, Carol Dillingham, and Joe Goldman.
The Vespers Service was sponsored by the Owen County Christian Men’s Fellowship (OCCMF) in cooperation with the Owen County Fair Board. The program is held to help support the Weekday Religious Education (WRE) program at each of the four elementary schools in the county.
There are around 450 students who participate in WRE. Students spend about 30 minutes each week with the program, which includes singing, prayer, games, Bible memory verses, and Bible lessons. The main focus is to deliver Bible messages to children who may have no other way to hear them.
Shown in the photo on the right is Adam Fox with the WRE program. He provided information about the program to the crowd. A donation offering was then taken up to help with the costs to bring this program to Owen County’s youth. The generous donations totaled over $2,000.
The local talent was plentiful during the recent Vespers Service held at the 2014 Owen County Fair. The community gospel sing allowed the community to hear from and join with these singers and musicians as they worshiped together.
Pictured around the circle are several of those individuals of all ages who took the stage to perform for a packed crowd.
The Kingdom Seekers led the crowd in worship as they performed during the Vespers Service held Sunday evening at the 2014 Owen County Fair. Members of the group include, left to right: Lanita Davis, Chad Todd, Isaac Davis, Andrea Todd, and Chad Martin. In the top left picture is Katie Wood. She is shown as she performed a solo for the crowd.
Going clockwise, Carter Bell is at the top. he sang “Listen to Our hearts” and “The Only Name That Matters To Me.” Hannah Kiefer is in the top right photo. She had the crowd clapping as she sang “Write Your Story On My Heart.”
Next is up-and-coming singer Emmau Davis. She blessed the crowd with an original piece, “Whisper To Jesus.” Francis Walters received a standing ovation after her performance of “Long Black Train.” She was accompanied on the guitar by Isaac Davis.
Fifteen-month-old Zuree Pemberton made an appearance at the Vespers Service on Sunday evening at the Owen County Fair. She heard the music and found herself in a trance listening to the local talent. She was in attendance with her papaw, Ray McConnell. Nico Phillips demonstrated his skills on the guitar and the violin, as he is shown in the bottom right photo performing for the crowd.
The bottom middle photo features Becky Styer, left, and Amanda Knight. They performed a pair of songs, including a wonderful rendition of “Amazing Grace.”
Dana Collier is shown in the photo at the bottom left. She sang “Broken Into Beautiful.”
Members of the community joined together Sunday evening for a community gospel sing at the Vespers Service. Along with the local talent that performed for the audience, there were also community sing-a-longs. Rob Babbs, left, Noah Woodruff, Jack Woodruff and Cathy Woodruff are shown above as they joined the community in a song. Additional photos can be found inside today’s edition of the Spencer Evening World. Singing a cappella was Don Smith. He performed “Special Praying Place” and “What Heaven Means To Me.”
Pictured next is Tammy Ewbank. She led each of the community sing-a-longs and then ended the program with a solo, singing “Well With My Soul.”
Next is Cecelia Herrington. She sang two songs, including “Indescribable,” which prompted others to join in. (Photos by Donna Hardy) The Owen County community stood together Sunday evening during the Vespers Service at the Owen County Fair as they participated in the community sing-a-longs. It was a packed crowd as the fair officially began. (Photo by Donna Hardy) Some of the children in the WRE program in Owen County are shown above as they sang during the Vespers Service at the 2014 Owen County Fair. Pictured in the front row are, left to right: Tyler Strouse, Britteny Arthur and Norah Beeman. Back row: Sandy Miller, Drew Dickson and Nicholas Sips. (Photo by Donna Hardy) DaVawn Creech, right, and her children performed during the Vespers Service at the 2014 Owen County Fair, adding sign language to the song. She was joined by Ethan, Emma, and Abigail. (Photo by Donna Hardy) Members of the Spencer United Methodist Church Choir took the stage Sunday evening to perform “The battle Hymn of the Republic” during the annual Vespers Service held at the 2014 Owen County Fair. They were led by director Tammy Ewbank, shown foreground. Choir members shown above include, left to right: Rob Babbs, Jack Woodruff, David Brinson, Cathy Woodruff, Penny Carpenter and Dana Collier. (Photo by Donna Hardy) Polly Chesser and her sons, Kirby on the fiddle and Lincoln on the guitar, were part of the local talent to perform during the Vespers Service held Sunday at the 2014 Owen County Fair. (Photo by Donna Hardy) The 2014 Owen County Fair Queen and her court were in attendance for the Vespers Service on Sunday evening, officially kicking off this year’s fair. Pictured are, left to right: Little Mister Chase Cramer, Little Miss Evah Mills, Second Runner-Up Emily Smith, First Runner-Up Tara Langley, Miss Owen County Fair Queen Rebecca Walcott, and Miss Congeniality Lexie Herrington. (Photo by Donna Hardy)