HAGERSTOWN -- A longtime local musical tradition reached the 30-year mark Thursday night, offering its usual gospel and bluegrass music sounds.
Some spectators at the Secrest Memorial Sing at Heritage Academy off U.S. 40 west of Hagerstown have been loyal fans of the event and they remembered going to the show when it used to be held at Clear Spring High School.
When Pauline Litton of Hagerstown was asked how long she had been coming to the show, she said, "Oh my, as long as they have had it."
"It's a nice way to spend New Year's (Eve)," Litton said.
Organizers have said in the past that the event is designed to provide "another kind of party" for the community. While others might enjoy imbibing on New Year's Eve, spectators at the Secrest Memorial Sing gather for four hours of music that often is sprinkled with commentary from performers about the power of God.