By: Audrey Flagg, Kentucky Exposition Center Examiner Special Contributor
The National Quartet Convention will be bringing everything gospel to the Kentucky Exposition Center September 11-17. Concerts, CD’s, books, and meet and greets with talented artists will be available for patrons to experience and enjoy during the week-long event. This marks the 54th consecutive year for the convention, which brings together more than 40,000 fans from more than 40 states and half dozen foreign countries. This year’s convention has more than a few noteworthy highlights that will undoubtedly serve to make the convention a haven for Gospel fans.
Some of Gospel’s biggest names including The Kingdom Heirs, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, the Dove Brothers and over 200 more will showcase their musical talents during daily shows and evening concerts, as well as be available for meet and greets with fans. The Grammy Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band will be featured during a special reunion concert. An entire listing of concerts and shows and ticket purchasing information can be found on their website at www.nqconline.com.
Along with the concerts, the National Quartet Convention Cancer Walk will also be returning, hosted by Janet Paschal, talk show personality and cancer survivor. Various Southern Gospel artists, who have been impacted by the disease, will join Paschal for the event to greet participants and share special words of encouragement prior to the start of the walk.
“We are thrilled that Janet Paschal will once again be leading the Cancer Walk at the National Quartet Convention,” said Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley. “This is the third year for the event, and it is quickly turning into a tradition.”
The walk will take place on Thursday, September 15. A $10 registration fee is required for participation. Pre-registration begins September 11 in the North Wing Lobby of the Kentucky Exposition Center and day-of registration can be done the morning of Thursday, September 15 before the walk. All proceeds will directly benefit the American Cancer Society.
Another convention tradition, key note speeches, will be delivered by prominentspeakers including Dr. David Jeremiah, Dr. Charles Stanley and former Attorney General John Ashcroft. National Quartet Convention Publicist, Deana Warren, said she highly encourages patrons to attend the speeches, and to stay and meet with the speakers afterward.
“These speakers provide patrons the opportunities to shake hands, say hello, and share their thoughts,” said Warren.
For complete information about the 2011 National Quartet Convention, as well as a complete schedule of events, and to purchase tickets, call 1-800-846-8499, or visit www.nqconline.com.