Sunday, Aug. 7, the grounds outside the Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural Museum will serve as the location for an afternoon of praise, worship and music when it hosts Music Fest ‘11.

The day will feature performances by local singing group The Harvesters, as well as The Puffers, from Cicero, and Five to Life, from Syracuse.

Janet Young, one of four members of The Harvesters, the group that initiated the idea to hold the concert, said the idea came together rather quickly.

“My husband (Doug Young) had the idea to do this,” Janet said. “He wanted to do a local event, outside under a tent, and have a good day of devotion and music.”

The agricultural museum seemed like the perfect venue for just such an event.

“We wanted this to be at a place that was free,” Janet said. “We want everyone who wants to be there to be able to come to this. And it is also outdoors and it is free for everyone, and we think it will be a really nice event.”

The event will be promoted by and emceed by the WMHR-Mars Hill Network Radio Station, Janet said.

The afternoon will feature spiritual talks by the Rev. Don Rapp from Scipio Baptist Church and Bishop Willie Murray from Apostolic Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“This is a day to give thanks to our Lord Christ,” Janet said. “He is the reason we are all here and for our joy and salvation.”

And of course, Music Fest will feature plenty of music.

The Harvesters, comprised of the Youngs and Doug and Linda Eldred, hail from Auburn, but have made a name for themselves regionally through a steady performance schedule.

“We perform about 100 times a year,” Janet said. “We perform at nursing homes and churches all over New York and Pennsylvania.”

The group performs spiritual music in four-part harmony.

Joining The Harvesters will be two groups that they have befriended over the years.

“We have performed with the other groups,” Janet said. “And we have got to know them over the years, and we asked them to join us in this event.”

The Puffers are also comprised of a husband-and-wife team: Bob and Darlene Puffer. The couple travels the country, performing more than 200 shows annually with their music ministry.

Five to Life is comprised of James Robinison, Wesley Hampton, Ron Mason, Sylvester Wallace and Gary Coan.

The group performs five-part harmony a capella, and has been recognized for its talents with a SAMMY award.

With all the talent gathered, Janet believes the event will be one for all to enjoy.

“It is something a little different,” Janet said. “I think it will be a great day to come out and enjoy some great music, and share in our love of the Lord.”


If you go.


What: Music Fest ‘11

When: 2 to 5 p.m.        Sunday, Aug. 7

Where: Ward W. O’Hara        Agricultural Museum, 6880 E. Lake Road, Owasco

Cost: Free; donations of canned           goods will be accepted and donated to  the Salvation Army


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