KIMBOLTON -- For the past 26 years, one thing has remained constant in the little community of Kimbolton -- the sounds of country music fill the streets on the first Sunday of the month.
Since the centennial year, organizer Ella Gail McPeak said country music has filled the Kimbolton Community Center and followers make sure to attend each month's afternoon entertainment.
"Everybody just enjoys that day so much," she said.
People come to listen to the musicians, which are all volunteers, who love to play and perform for the crowd. There is no cover charge. However, there are cake walks, a 50-50 raffle, door prizes and food is always available. Baked steak and chicken dinners, sandwiches and desserts are available at noon.
The first performer is Mabel Pollock of Newcomerstown who plays the keyboard. She is followed by Rod Bradford and Friends who take the stage at 1 p.m. The Foraker Band, which includes many family members, entertains the crowd from 2 to 3 p.m. Finally, Jesse and his daughter Elaine Rose invite area jammers to join them on stage from 3 to 4 p.m.
In the spring, McPeak said attendance has topped more than 80 people. In May, the day featured tributes to the late Charlie Weaver who would perform at the country music events in Kimbolton.
Donations and money from the dinners served on the first Sunday of the month are used for the upkeep of the community building which was the former firehouse in Kimbolton.
The Kimbolton Homecoming Festival, which has many of the same volunteers who participate in the monthly country music events in Kimbolton, also offers a scholarship to a Kimbolton area boy or girl.
"We're just trying to do different things for the community," McPeak said. "It's just a good thing."
Visitors come from all around to hear the music, including as far as Tippecanoe, Cambridge and Winterset.
To learn more or for questions, call McPeak at (740) 622-8084.
The next country music in Kimbolton event is set for Sunday, June 5 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Kimbolton Community Center and all are welcome.
"These people have all been coming for years," McPeak said. "They donate their time and it's just great!"