125-year-old tradition ending with last camp meeting

WILMORE, Ky. (AP) — An annual summer revival that began in 1890 takes place for the last time on Saturday.

Organizers of the Wilmore Camp Meeting tell the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1OEX1oe) they are ending the 125-year tradition because of declining attendance and the proliferation of other church programs in the community.

In its heyday, the meeting included 10 straight days of preaching, singing, youth activities and prayer meetings in the wilting summer heat.

Ninety-one-year-old Phyllis Corbitt is a retired Wilmore physician who attended her first camp meeting in 1940. She said it was hot everywhere in those days before air-conditioning, so people didn’t mind being hot at the meeting.

Since 2010, the meeting has been held indoors, but on Saturday it returns to its original campgrounds for one last time.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

 

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