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The West Virginia State Gospel Singing Convention, at Mount Nebo in Nicholas County, draws groups and soloists from West Virginia and nearby states during four annual summer events.

The nonprofit West Virginia Mountain State Gospel Singers Corporation, chartered in 1956, organizes the gospel sings. The annual state convention is the last full week in July and is open to all groups and soloists. The Special Gospel Sing, featuring invited groups, is the second weekend in September.

The conventions grew from the homecoming sing at the Nazarene Church Camp, two miles west of Mount Nebo. In 1949, organizers invited groups from neighboring Greenbrier and Fayette counties to participate in the Nicholas County homecoming. Because of its success, the three-county event grew into an annual statewide singing convention. The convention outgrew the church camp and moved to Camp Caesar in Webster County. Convention leaders, recognizing the need for a large permanent home, bought 40 acres of land near Mount Nebo and set up parking and camping facilities.

In 1982, Goldenseal magazine reported that the annual July convention drew 15,000 people. These sings continue today, with the July event attracting thousands.

Last Revised on July 24, 2023

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Samsell, James. Singing on the Mountain. Goldenseal, (Summer 1982).

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e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia "Mount Nebo Gospel Sings." e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia. 24 July 2023. Web. 27 May 2024.


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