MAYPEARL – Members of Ranch House Cowboy Church in Maypearl held their second annual gospel music festival Saturday, bringing several gospel groups to Lakeview Camp and Conference Center for an afternoon’s worth of entertainment.
Gospel bands traveled from throughout the state to attend and donate their talents to the festival, organizer Scott Shepherd said. The bands attending included the Baggy Bottom Boys, The Cross Country Band, The Ranchhands and the Shepherd’s Quartet.
Also at the festival were tables of various craft sales.
“We don’t charge for the tables, but we ask that they donate an item to the door prizes given away. Several of the vendors give several door prizes and some give us all their proceeds for the day’s sales,” Shepherd said.
The festival is the church’s annual fundraiser, with the money raised used to sponsor youths attending church summer camp at Lake Whitney. Sponsored by the American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches, the camp serves children from fourth grade through high school.
“We find a way to send every child that wants to go,” church pastor David Wilkerson said, saying it’s an honor to be a part of the festival. “We see it as a community event,” he said.
Last year, more than 700 children attended the camp, with the Maypearl church sponsoring 41 teenagers and 15 pre-teens.
“We hope that there will be that many and more this year. No matter how many, we will find a way to sponsor each and every one of them,” Wilkerson said.