It is a 31-year old tradition for people to gather for the annual Singin’ in the Valley event. The event was begun by Riley Gregory of Gregory Ruby Mine. The singing was moved to the Cowee Fire Department when the Mine went out of business about 20 years ago.
Admission to the event was free, however, donations were gratefully accepted.
All proceeds will go to benefit the Cowee Volunteer Fire Department.
There were special performances by The Victory Echoes (from Sylva), One Accord and the Three Believers.
The Cowee Volunteer Fire and Rescue Auxiliary, headed by Frankie Bell Scruggs, was in charge of the hot dog and hamburger meal. Fire Chief Wayne Pruett said that people seemed to like the fact that the dinner was on a donation basis instead of charging for each plate.
A 50/50 raffle was also held and the lucky winner was fireman Ian Brodnax.
Pruett also commented that although there was a good turnout for the Singing in the Valley, “there were more people at the 20th anniversary celebration than at the singin’.” Pruett cited the late afternoon showers as a factor.
Lloyd Allen lives in the Cowee community. He said that he has always attended the Singing in the Valley, but he couldn't this year because he couldn't get out with his health, however, “I love to hear good gospel singing.”
Nancy Beach lives in town with her son, but she said they always attend these kind of events no matter where it is held. “I love stuff like this, and it is important to support the fire departments, the county depends on them.”