While several performances are planned at area churches, the choir is about more than just the singing. Members of the choir are not only required to attend weekly practices. They also must be physically active and put in community service time.
Part of their reward is an annual mission trip to Orlando, Fla., where they will perform at several locations during the week of June 3-10.
Raising funds for the trip and meeting their requirements is the focus of the choir members right now.
Due to rainy weather last week, the annual SCOOP clean up day was been moved to today. Choir members and others in the community will be picking up trash along the roadways in Claiborne County.
The county gives $1 per bag of trash collected and the city of Harrogate is pitching in an addition $1 for trash collected inside the city limits.
The choir uses the SCOOP clean up day as a way to raise money and as a way for its members to meet their community service requirement. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. and trash bags will be available at Harrogate City Park for anyone wanting to participate.
Members of the choir are also gearing up for their chief fundraiser- a dinner and auction which will be held Saturday, April 16, from 4-6 p.m. at Pump Springs Baptist Church.
Choir members will be serving dinner and will also sing at the event. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youth. In addition to the dinner, lots of donated items will be auctioned off including several gift baskets, antiques, homemade cakes and much more.
Coming up in May is the choir's annual 'Fun Day,' May 7 at Harrogate City Park along with a Twilight 5K run/walk on Friday, May 6, and 8K run Saturday, May 7.
The 5K race will be on the lighted asphalt of the Harrogate Greenway trail. Preregistrants will meet at 8 p.m. at the Harrogate Park. Those registering on site should be there by 7 p.m. Trophies will be awarded at 10 p.m.
The 8K race will begin at Ellen Myers School in Harrogate. The course will go through a 19th century railroad tunnel into the Town of Cumberland Gap and through the Cumberland Gap National Park. From there it will return toward Harrogate, along the Greenway trail and end at the city park. Preregistrants will meet at 8 a.m. at Harrogate City Park. Those registering on site should be there by 7 a.m. Trophies will be awarded at 10:30 a.m.
Preregistration for both races ends on April 22. The preregistration entry fee is $15. On site registration fee is $18. All proceeds go the Tri-State Youth Choir. Runners wishing to help the choir can gather pledges from individuals or businesses for each mile ran. Choir members will be participating the race as part of their physical activity requirement.
T-shirts will be given to each runner and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each age bracket will receive a medallion. Overall male and female winners will receive a $50 cash prize.
Fun Day at the Park is Saturday May 7. In addition to the race, activities include the Cumberland Gap Highland Games, second annual Tri-State Youth Choir Car Show, an apple butter stir-off, various food and craft vendors and a 3 on 3 basketball tournament. Gary's Sound Machine will be providing music at the park during Fun Day.
Car show entrants can participate in a cruise in from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Registration will be from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday. There is a $20 registration fee. Trophies will be awarded for cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors and minis; with special trophies for best unfinished, best engine, best paint and best interior. For more information contact Lisa Jones at (423)869-4724.
Registration for the 3 on 3 tournament is $45 per team. There are divisions for male or female teams ranging age from 6 years to over 40. For entry packets or more information contact Michael Coston at (606) 242-2158.
Admission to the all Fun Day activities is $3 per person.
The 2005 choir has started practicing and will begin local performances on April 24 at Tazewell Baptist Church.
Their complete schedule will be released next week.
For more information about the choir or any of the events planned contact Edwin Robertson at (423) 869-3364 or e-mail email@example.com.